MA in Student Affairs Program Detail
Goals of the MA in Student Affairs
Through the program, the student:
- Applies developmental theory to practice within student affairs.
- Articulates an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of student affairs practitioners within the institutional and broader higher education contexts. This includes legal issues, program and policy development and implementation, and institutional communications.
- Demonstrates helping competencies (e.g. active listening skills and communication skills, crisis management skills, discernment and use of appropriate referrals).
- Applies an understanding of relational practice and relational leadership frameworks in the context of student affairs (mentoring, advising, supervising, outreach, etc.) to facilitate a growth-producing learning community.
- Demonstrates a keen awareness of the ethical complexities within student affairs, a commitment to ethical practice and an adherence to the ethical standards within the profession.
- Demonstrates an awareness of social justice issues within the individual, group and larger systems levels in higher education, and advocates for safe spaces, inclusion, and equity.
- Selects, develops, administers and interprets appropriate assessment methods to drive program and co-curricular improvements.
First Tier Courses (15 credits)
STA 703 Foundations of Student Affairs
PRC 701 Human Growth and Lifespan Development
PRC 702 Social and Cultural Foundations
PRC 705 Helping Relationships
PRC 733 Research Methods and Program Evaluation
Second Tier Courses (18 credits)
STA 704 Relational Practice and Leadership
STA 711 legal Issues and Administration of Student Affairs
STA 725 Co-Curricular Programming and Assessment of Student
Third Tier (3 credits)
STA Internship I in Student Affairs with Seminar
Electives in Student Affairs
Several electives are available and can be taken once most of
the first tier courses have been completed. Note that the content
of the electives is quite broad. One's choice of electives should
be informed by one's professional interests and career goals.
STA760 Supervised Research in Student Affairs
PRC710 Counseling Theory
PRC711 Diagnosis in Counseling
PRC713 Group Counseling
PRC719 Advanced Crisis Intervention
PRC721 Career and Lifestyle Counseling
PRC731-Special Topics: Psychologies of Poverty
PRC735 Psychological Assessment
PRC738 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling
PRC742 LGBT Lives and Cultures
PRC754 Relational Cultural theory and Praxis
MBA731 Management Org Change & Innovation
MBA732 Financial Planning & Analysis
MBA734 Project Management