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MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Prepare for a professional career in student affairs and leadership
in higher education.

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) combines a rigorous academic curriculum which includes practicum experiences in various areas of student life, arranged in collaboration with the USF Division of Student Life.

Important objectives of the HESA program are to train professionals who will:

  1. Understand issues of access and equity in higher education and the unique experiences and problems facing underrepresented groups, and
  2. Think critically about the complexities involved in transforming organizations and programs in order to achieve equitable outcomes for all students.
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Application Requirements

Priority Application
Deadline: January 7

The program emphasizes:

  • Equity and access in higher education and social justice;
  • Practical experience needed to succeed in student affairs as part of the curriculum;
  • Optional paid internship opportunities with mentorship and financial assistance offered by the USF Division of Student Life.

Program Delivery

The program is offered in a Teaching Weekend format that allows students to continue working while attending the program. Students are required to attend Friday night and Saturday classes on alternating weekends.

It takes approximately two years to complete the HESA program.

Read what students say about their experiences in the program.

Financial Aid

In addition to the internship opportunities described below, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA at the same time as they apply for the program to ensure that they can receive federal and state funding.

Optional Internships

The internship is an optional nine-month experience for in-depth work in a specific area of student affairs. Students will devote approximately 20 hours per week to one department within the USF Division of Student Life. The compensation package varies but usually includes either housing or a stipend. Click here for a preliminary list of graduate internships that will be offered during the academic year. (Note: Internship offerings are subject to change.)

The HESA Recruitment and Selection Committee invites applicants to apply for positions by January 7. There is a limited number of positions offered for each academic year. After an application and interview process, students are matched to positions according to preferences and strengths.