Students of higher educationMaster of Higher Education in Student Affairs

Northern Michigan University’s master’s of higher education in student affairs is designed for those who would like to make a difference in a college or university setting. Whether you are entering the field or currently employed in areas such as housing and residence life, admissions, or student enrichment, services and conduct, you will develop skills specialized to your interests as well a thorough understanding of the workings of all areas of post-secondary student life. Our program is not just based on theory, but researching and solving real problems at real institutions. Our highly interactive online program is enhanced with three "real-time, face-to-face" Saturday sessions (either in person or via distance technology). This is a program where you will work closely with our experienced faculty and collaborate with fellow students. NMU's online graduate programs in education have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as among the Top 50 in the nation. This program qualifies for our online tuition rate, which is the same for Michigan and out-of-state residents and an excellent value.

In NMU's master's of higher education in student affairs program, students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of organizational and leadership dynamics key to the historical development of American colleges and universities.
  • examine and critique student development theory and use it to develop programs and services most conducive to student learning.
  • identify and examine, through writing and on-site engagement, a specific issue related to diversity (e.g. access, affirmative action, educational equity, etc.) in a higher education setting.
  • participate in an internship that requires them to apply theory to practice in the delivery of programs and services in a higher education setting.

Before you enroll, we would like to speak with you to learn of your goals and interests, and how we might tailor the program to suit your needs. Please call our program adviser Nancy Carter at 906-227-1625 or email to get started.