MS in Higher Education: Student Affairs

Request More Information

Request School Information

Complete the form below to request specific information regarding questions you have including course cost and course length.

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs program is designed to prepare students to pursue higher education careers. Learn more about the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs program at Kaplan University here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of program is it?

The Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs program at Kaplan University is offered online. It includes a general nonthesis track and a thesis track. Students have the opportunity to study higher education foundations, law, regulations, organization, governance, finance, and research methods. Specialization courses are designed to focus on services foundations, philosophy, and administration. Students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through two internship experiences. This specialization meets the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for graduate programs in student affairs and the standards of the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

What are the prerequisites?

Before enrolling in Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs program, applicants must already have a bachelor's degree and be interested in pursuing leadership positions in the education field. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED. Since the program is offered online, applicants need access to a computer.

What are the course requirements?

To earn the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs, students must complete 61-71 credits. This total includes 30-40 credits of core requirements and 31 credits of specialization courses. The program offers nonthesis and thesis tracks and students should check with Kaplan University regarding their availability. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Master of Science in Higher Education with a Specialization in Student Affairs Requirements

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology
  • Student Affairs Foundations and Philosophy
  • Current Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • Student Services Administration in Ground and Virtual Environments
  • Student Affairs Internship I-A
  • Student Affairs Internship I-B
  • Student Affairs Internship II-A
  • Student Affairs Internship II-B

Additional Thesis Track Requirements

  • Master's Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis Defense

What could I do after I graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Student Affairs program could be prepared to pursue leadership positions in higher education, including universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, or technical schools. Responsibilities could include dealing with admissions, student services, financial aid, or housing services.

Positions that graduates could pursue include:

  • Dean of students
  • Director of admissions
  • Director of student services
  • Registrar
  • Student affairs director
  • Vice president of student affairs
  • Vice president of student life