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: College Student Personnel Affairs and 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 programs support the mission of the higher education programs of preparing students to become competent professionals in higher education administration and management.

General 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 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.


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 start – June 15 application deadline  
  • Spring start – October 15 application deadline 
  • Summer start – March 15 application deadline 

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 is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and CAEP.

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Contact Us

Rong Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
[email protected]
Diana Minakakis
Director, Office of Graduate Admissions
[email protected]
(973) 761-9668