Master of Science

  • This is the only multi-disciplinary program of its kind in the Rochester region. The higher education student affairs administration master’s program integrates psychological theory, interdisciplinary electives, and supervised work experience to provide a solid foundation for entering or advancing a career in student affairs.
  • Gain broad perspective from Nazareth’s psychology, management, and education faculty; and from student affairs professionals.
  • Benefit from being on our small, student-focused campus.
  • Learn how college students develop as individuals and within a socio-cultural context. Understand the underlying dynamics of collegiate subcultures. 
  • See how organizational dynamics and human resource management affect a college. Learn about forces that shape higher education, its changing nature, and the role it plays in a multicultural society. Develop professional skills through two 150-hour structured internships. Integrate these multiple perspectives and disciplines into your professional practice and problem solving.
  • The program aligns with American College Personnel Association and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators standards.

Program is Ideal For

  • Entry-level professionals or career changers who want to work in student affairs — including academic, administrative, residential, or student life sectors — at a college or university.
  • Mid-level higher education professionals seeking career advancement.

Career Information

Become prepared for a professional career or advancement in higher education settings such as admissions, advisement, career services, civic engagement, enrollment, financial aid, first-year programming, residential life, and student activities. 

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Student's Perspective

"The HESAA program benefits from the size of the institution and the receptiveness of faculty and staff. Learning in the classroom is easily translated into practice and experimentation in the highly welcoming 'laboratory' that is Nazareth College."

Alex Ives, '15G

What to Expect
  • 36 credit hours, including 21 for core courses, nine for electives, and six for internships/practicum (one internship typically at Nazareth and one elsewhere)
  • Preference is given to full-time students, but part-time study is an option
  • Graduate assistantships are offered on-campus at Nazareth and at selected other college campuses 
  • Learning is grounded in rigorous psychological developmental theory and assessment methods
Curriculum Examples (36 credits)
  • Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  • Introduction to Assessment Methods in Higher Education
  • College Student Development in Socio-cultural Context
  • Student Affairs Organization
  • The Mind in Context: Learning, Schooling, and Culture
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Research and Assessment Capstone Experience
  • Choose a cluster of three elective courses from a variety of other graduate programs at Nazareth including management, education, human resource management, and social work.

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