Higher Education & Student Affairs Master's Program

Prepare for a professional career in student affairs and higher education leadership that addresses equity and inspires change.

Offered In

San Francisco's Main Campus

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) combines a rigorous academic curriculum with practicum experiences in various areas of student life. Every HESA course is infused with an examination of equity and a passion for social justice. Class conversations and coursework focus on improving access to higher education for first generation and low-income students.

Practicum & Internship Opportunities

Each HESA student is connected to internship and practicum opportunities at USF or other Bay Area institutions. As part of their learning experience, they work in a student affairs division in a position that reflects their professional interests. These hands-on experiences and networking opportunities helped our last graduating cohort achieve 100% job placement in relevant student affairs positions.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are passionate about empowering underrepresented professionals and students of color because they’ve overcome the same struggles. They’re well versed in complex issues of equality and race, inspiring dynamic classroom conversations that leverage real world situations.

Professors also take an individualized approach to their students: providing feedback on resumes and cover letters, conducting mock interviews, leveraging professional connections — providing a level of mentorship that’s increasingly rare in higher education. Meet our faculty.