The Master of Science in Higher Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs focuses on developing expertise in administering comprehensive student services program in educational institutions, whether on-ground or online. Students are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences through internships and learn how to incorporate current legal and managerial issues into student affairs. Participants of the program will be glad to know that this program offered by Kaplan University meets the standards of both the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
The Non-Thesis Track option requires the completion of Core Courses including Foundations of Higher Education, Higher Education Laws and Regulations, Higher Education Organization and Governance, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education, Higher Education Finance, and Research Methods in Higher Education. The Thesis Track option also requires completion of Master’s Thesis Proposal and Master’s Thesis Defense. Non-Thesis Track students are required to complete thirty (30) quarter credits of Specialization Courses to complete a total of sixty (60) credit hours.
Student Affairs Specialization Courses include Current Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Student Services Administration in Ground and Virtual Environments, Student Services Practicum I, Student Services Practicum II, and any one of the following: Departmental and Divisional Leadership, Institutional Research and Strategic Planning, Educational Program Assessment, Student Services Foundation and Philosophy, Curriculum Design and Implementation, Student Learning Assessment Methods, Assessment of Online Learning, and Teaching and Learning Online.
Students who choose the Thesis Track must take five (5) of this six (6) Specialization Courses to complete twenty-five (25) quarter credits for a total of sixty-five (65) credit hours. Kaplan University is recognized and duly accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.