Higher Education and Student Affairs

Program Summary

The higher education and student affairs master’s program prepares professionals for a variety of leadership and administrative positions in student affairs and higher education.

A required core of learning experiences is supplemented by course work in areas of instruction, administration, and research to prepare both generalists and specialists. The program provides opportunities for individualization to take into account the student’s goals and needs and usually includes a faculty-supervised internship in programming, teaching, counseling or evaluating. This program is designed to prepare students to assume a variety of administrative positions within postsecondary institutions..

Graduate Catalog Program Information

Program-specific Admission Information and Requirements

Affiliated College: College of Education

Degree(s) Offered: M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Program Requires GRE or MAT: No

Additional Application Requirements:

Letters of Recommendation: 2

Statement of Purpose:

Your statement of purpose, or personal statement, should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced in length. Your statement should respond to the following prompts:

  • Why are you interested in pursuing a career in higher education and student affairs? What experience in school, work, or life prompted your interest in pursuing a career in higher education and student affairs?
  • How do you hope to contribute to the field of higher education and student affairs?
  • How do you think the graduate program at NIU, in particular, will help you achieve your goals?
  • Looking at our learning outcomes for the program, what areas are you most excited to learn more about?

Applicants should refer to the admissions page of the program website for additional program requirements.

University Requirements

Application Deadlines

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration
Fall May 1 May 1 January 15

Contact Us

Higher Education and Student Affairs
200 Gabel Hall
Program website

Academic Counselor
Danae Miesbauer

Application Contact
Mary Kay Soesbe

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