Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

Graduate: Master's

School of Education & Human Services

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 – from residence life to career counseling to student services to multicultural affairs.

Program Description

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.

Highlighted Courses

HESA 501 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration
HESA 510 History of Higher Education in the United States
HESA 520 The American College Student    
HESA 530 Methods of Research
HESA 535 Assessment and Applied Research
HESA 570 Foundations of Counseling in Student Affairs
HESA 640 Diversity in Higher Education
HESA 665 Legal Issues in Higher Education
HESA 677 Capstone Seminar
HESA 680 Internship I
HESA 681 Internship II
HESA 699 Independent Research


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.


job placement rate based on five-year average

Extended Learning Opportunities

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

Student Achievements

Students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program excel at what they do, earning national recognition.

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