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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
SHU Graduate Student
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs

The M.A.E. in Higher Education and Student Affairs is a two-year program with a minimum of 30 credits required for graduation. Currently, two concentrations are offered: General Administration. The concentration in College Student Personnel Affairs prepares practitioners for positions in student affairs administration at the post-secondary level. The concentration in General Administration introduces students to theory, research, policy, and practice related to higher education administration. Combined, the student affairs programs support the mission of the higher education programs of preparing students to become competent student affairs professionals in higher education administration and management.

General Student Affairs Program Approach

Courses generally meet once a week in the evening. Study is available on a full- or part-time basis. The small size of the master's in higher education and student affairs program at Seton Hall University allows for frequent faculty interaction and close work with your adviser. We are committed to maintaining a small, selective and focused program that will prepare our graduates to pursue a range of possible careers.

Why Earn a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs?

Earning a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs positions graduates from some of the best student affairs graduate programs for impactful careers in higher education. This program cultivates student affairs students with comprehensive student affairs knowledge, preparing them for diverse roles within higher education institutions. Through a curriculum that balances theory and practical application, the student affairs program equips graduates to effectively support student development and engagement on college campuses.

Master's Program, Higher Ed Leadership

Seton Hall University's graduate program in Higher Education Leadership prepares students for future careers leading colleges and universities.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Current professional vitae/resume 
  • Letter of intent outlining your personal and professional goals 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation  

Application Deadlines

The program accepts applications throughout the year, with the following deadlines based on intended start date. 

  • Fall Entry – March 15 application deadline  
  • Spring Entry – October 15 application deadline 
  • Summer Entry – March 15 application deadline

*Additional applications may be accepted beyond the recommended deadlines on a space available basis only.

Application Review

A decision regarding your application will be made approximately six (6) weeks after the deadline.  If you are accepted but all classes are full, you will automatically be placed on a waiting list for the next year, or for the upcoming session, if openings become available. 


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process. 

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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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