Western Kentucky University

Education and Behavioral Sciences

Counseling and Student Affairs

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Degrees: 
  • M.A.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development

Contact

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
GRH 2013
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Program Statement

The Master of Arts in Education degree in Student Affairs is designed to prepare students to obtain entry and mid-level student affairs professional positions. Through a theory-based yet applications-oriented program, students gain necessary skills and competencies to succeed in a variety of student affairs units and postsecondary settings. The Counseling and Student Affairs faculty comprised of academics and practitioners cultivate active partnerships with student affairs professionals to provide a living learning laboratory for student professional development. Program content covers three broad areas: theoretical foundations, professional practice, and administrative effectiveness. Individual students are also provided with opportunities to focus on specific content areas which may be of particular interest.

Aligned with the institutional and departmental mission the Student Affairs program is committed to:

Foster student professional development through networking, scholarly writing, research, presentation opportunities, and the Student Affairs Graduate Association.
Provide the university and community with in-service training, professional development, research, and consultation in the area of student affairs/student development.
Deliver highly interactive application based courses.
Focus on diversity and multicultural competencies.
Facilitate meaningful supervised practicum and internship experiences.

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Yes
Meets CAS Standards: 
Yes

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
2
Adjunct: 
5
Total Program Credit Hours: 
48
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program

No

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
No
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
Yes
Attendance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Thesis: 
No
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
Yes