Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

A Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration equips you for a wide range of careers in higher education administration, at public and private colleges and universities. Consider collegiate administration if you enjoy working in the college environment – including residence life, student engagement, academic advising, career counseling, diversity and inclusion, multicultural affairs, admissions, athletics administration, alumni relations, and student success and retention.

$1,060/credit hour
2 years
36 Credits, Full-time or Part-time
Currently Accepting Applications For
Fall (Full/Part-Time), Spring (Part-Time)

Study in this two-year program and you will be prepared to make your mark in today's higher education field. A comprehensive combination of coursework, internships, and independent research provides a well-rounded program covering numerous aspects of higher education from theories of leadership to counseling in student affairs.

The program gives you great flexibility, as you take classes on a full-time or part-time basis and complete two internships for hands-on, professional experience. You can choose to write a final thesis as part of an independent research project or take a comprehensive final exam. You will also be well-prepared to pursue a doctoral degree if desired.


  • Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis in a variety of offices at the college offering a tuition waiver as well as invaluable experience in a higher education setting.
  • Only higher education program in the country to include attendance to a regional and national student affairs conference as part of its program tuition.
  • All required textbooks are included in the program tuition.

Extended Learning Opportunities

HESAA students gain hands-on professional experience through internships and graduate assistantships both at Canisius University and other colleges and universities.

Check out the Class of 2023 Resume Book here!
Available Assistantships
There are a number of Graduate Assistantships available for accepted students. Most assistantships provide a 100% tuition waiver and some include housing, stipend, and meal plan.
Student Achievements
Students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program excel at what they do, earning national recognition.
Laurel Wreath
100% job placement rate
based on five-year average
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