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Student Affairs in Higher Education

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Students take courses in a cohort-based model, which contributes to a strong learning community. Students hold graduate assistantship positions across campus and internships at institutions in the Central Texas region and beyond, allowing for the development of valuable experiences and skills and an opportunity to bridge classroom learning and professional practice.

This comprehensive, cohort-based, application-oriented program is grounded in student development and learning theory.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Paige Haber-Curran
Education Building (ED), Room 4041

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Shannon Dean
Education Building (ED), Room 4042

“Texas State feels like home. There is a sense of pride that runs deep in the community. The connection with cohort members and colleagues was instant. I began the student affairs in higher education (SAHE) program feeling like we were a unique family.”

— Tricia Rodriguez, M.Ed. ’11, Director, Center for Leadership and Service, University of North Texas

Course Work

The master of education (M.Ed.) in student affairs in higher education (SAHE) program requires 42 credit hours. Courses are taken in a sequenced cohort model and include 12 hours of foundation course work, 18 hours of professional studies, six hours of theory to practice (internship), and six hours of electives.

The internships include 135 hours in a student or academic affairs department at Texas State or other regional or national institutions. Students select elective courses from a variety of graduate-level courses offered in various departments or can participate in an independent study, research project, or study abroad program. As a culminating experience, students present a comprehensive case study analysis to a panel of faculty members.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. 42 Non-Thesis No minor
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Students in the program reflect a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, contributing to the richness of the learning environment.

Program Mission

The purpose of the student affairs in higher education program is to develop well-prepared student affairs practitioners who are able to:

  • provide leadership and facilitate student development in a variety of professional roles
  • work effectively with faculty, students, administrators, and other members of the academic community
  • apply theory, research, and assessment and evaluation models to student affairs issues, problems, and programs 

Students participate in a dynamic and multi-modal learning setting in which critical thinking, scholarship, intentional practice, introspection, and ethical practice are valued. Classroom learning is complemented by three substantial practical experiences (one graduate assistantship and two internships).

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Program Faculty

Classes are taught by a combination of full-time faculty members and professionals who hold key student affairs roles at Texas State and nearby institutions. The latter include vice presidents, assistant vice presidents, deans, and directors. The nationally recognized faculty actively participate in major professional associations and hold leadership roles in these organizations. Faculty are committed to advancing student learning and providing opportunities for professional and personal development. They challenge students academically, fostering a climate of high expectations reinforced by personal support, care, and professional mentoring.

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Career Options

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in many different functional areas including:

  • academic advising
  • admissions
  • campus activities/student organizations
  • disability services
  • learning assistance program
  • LGBTQIA student services
  • multicultural programs
  • orientation/first-year programs
  • parent and family programs
  • recreational sports/athletics
  • residential life/housing
  • retention programs
  • service-learning and community engagement programs
  • student center/student union
  • student conduct
  • student leadership programs
  • veteran student services
  • women’s centers

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 15* January 15
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

*The Fall 2022 deadline has been extended to May 15, 2022, for all applicants. During this extension, the program will review applications on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.*

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (maximum 500 words, double-spaced in essay format) addressing the following:
    • What experiences have led you to pursue a career in student affairs?
    • What qualities, values, characteristics, and/or skills do you possess that make you a strong candidate for the student affairs in higher education (SAHE) program at Texas State?
    • What do you hope to gain from the SAHE program at Texas State, and how does this relate to your personal and professional goals?
  • three letters of recommendation
  • semi-finalist applicants will be expected to participate in an on-campus interview

  Review important information about documents.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

Your statement of purpose will be evaluated for content, style, and quality. While you may seek consultation and editing suggestions, this statement must be representative of you and your current level and style of writing.