Higher Education in Student Affairs: Degree Requirements

Northern Michigan University’s Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs will prepare both in-service and pre-service students for careers in higher education by exposing students to the history and cultural development of higher education; through the examination of student development and organizational theory; through the development of a culminating scholarly work, and through an internship and in-class real-world applications of learning where students are required to combine theory with practice. The focus of this program is to develop well rounded practitioners in higher education for the delivery of programs and services in college/university divisions of student affairs. The courses and experiences are diverse and reflect the best of contemporary higher education and student affairs practice.

Core Courses: 25 Credit Hours
ED500 Educational Research 3 cr.
ED506 Cultural Foundations of Ed I: Historical & Philosophical Dimensions 3 cr.
ED507 Cultural Foundations of Ed II: Social Justice & American Schools 3 cr.
ED530 Educational Leadership 3 cr.
ED574 Seminar in Educational Research 2 cr.
ED516 Introduction to Student Affairs 4 cr.
ED531 College Student Development 4 cr.
ED548B Internship in Higher Education 3 cr.
Cognates: 11 Credit Hours
Selected in consultation with the faculty adviser, these courses will be used to build skills and competencies such as leadership, training and development, communications, finance, public policy, etc. These courses can be taken from graduate programs throughout the university.
Total Credits: 36 Credits Minimum