Education graduate student in student services

Advance your career in higher education and support students

The Student Services in the Higher Education concentration is designed to prepare students to launch or advance careers at the college or university level. Graduate students work to develop knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities necessary to support their success through campus services such as advising, admissions and enrollment management, and leadership development.

The curriculum is designed to enhance understanding of college student diversity, related legal issues and the overall dynamic nature of higher education. Student learning outcomes for this concentration are benchmarked against standards established by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education.


Earn your Master of Arts, Master of Education or a Graduate Certificate

Degree plans for a master's degree with a concentration in Student Services in Higher Education:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Plan

    The Master of Arts degree requires completion of 36 semester hours of coursework, 24 of which must be in education. The degree is appropriate for students applying coursework not designated as an education course.

    Core Courses (12 hours)

    • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
    • EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations of Education
    • ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development
    • EDUC 63CS1 Capstone in Education

    Supporting Requirements in the Major (6 hours)

    • ADED 6387 Program Development
    • ADED 6388 Effective Teams and Groups

    Specialization (18 hours)

    Elective area may be outside Education

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Plan

    This Master of Education degree is designed for students completing all coursework in education. The degree requires completion of 36 semester hours of coursework based upon the graduate core curriculum and the area of concentration.

    Core Courses (12 hours)

    • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
    • EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations of Education
    • ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development
    • EDUC 63CS1 Capstone in Education

    Supporting Requirements in the Major (6 hours)

    • ADED 6387 Program Development
    • ADED 6388 Effective Teams and Groups

    Specialization (18 hours)

    • EDUC 6303 Counseling Techniques in Higher Education
    • EDUC 6309 Legal Issues in Student Affairs
    • EDUC 6334 Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs
    • EDUC 6372 The College Environment
    • EDUC 6383 Professional Seminar in Student Affairs
    • EDUC 6394 Practicum in Student Affairs
  • Graduate Certificate

    Requirements for a Student Services in Higher Education certification (18 hours):

    Specialization (18 hours)

    • EDUC 6303 Counseling Techniques in Higher Education
    • EDUC 6309 Legal Issues in Student Affairs
    • EDUC 6334 Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs
    • EDUC 6372 The College Environment
    • EDUC 6383 Professional Seminar in Student Affairs
    • EDUC 6394 Practicum in Student Affairs

Admission Criteria

Find out more about requirements, standards and processes to begin your journey as a Dreeben School of Education student.