Western Michigan University

College of Education & Human Development

Educational Leadership, Research & Technology

Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Leadership

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

Contact

Dr. Ramona B Lewis
3571 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5283

Program Statement

The HESA concentration Western Michigan University focuses on developing reflective practitioners for entry and mid-level positions in higher education. The program emphasizes a practitioner-scholar model to combine a broad-based student development and leadership theory core with required individualized field experiences. Distinctive to HESA is the emphasis on the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness in higher education. One of the ways this is actualized is through a required and individually designed diversity cognate. The HESA curriculum meets CAS standards for masters-level student affairs preparation programs. Students also develop professional competency areas for student affairs practitioners through the 39-credit hour coursework including two distinct, site-based field experiences  (400-clock hours) and completion of the performance-driven leadership web-based portfolio. The higher education and student affairs program promotes innovative learning, discovery and service through our emphasis on professional development, engagement in scholarly practice and research, and an emphasis on leadership in the profession.

HESA Mission Statement

The higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration at WMU prepares practitioner-scholars who:

--Have the knowledge and skills to enhance student learning and development in a variety of higher education environments.
--Recognize the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness to higher education.
--Are able to effectively and ethically lead and serve in a dynamic educational culture.

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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
4
Adjunct: 
3
Total Program Credit Hours: 
39
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years for full-time students; part-time students are welcome (3 to 4 years)

Visitation Program

Yes

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
No
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
No
Attendance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Thesis: 
No
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
Yes