The Master's degree
in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education is designed
to prepare professionals for employment or advancement as creative
leaders fostering student development and learning through
effective delivery of student affairs services and programs in
Our graduates have been highly successful in locating rewarding
positions and careers in student affairs all across the country. Many
alumni have risen to top administrative positions and repeatedly refer to our program when searching for talented new employees.
WWU Campus As Seen from Bellingham Bay
Each student cohort is diverse in many ways, including 25-30%
students of color. This immersion program integrates
theory and practice through a variety of special program features, all of
which foster a collaborative community of learners. Special features include
- A cohort model in which 12 to
15 students develop strong peer and faculty relationships as
they begin the program together, take courses together, and
participate in co-curricular activities as a team.
- A nine-month, in-depth internship in a student affairs office
developing knowledge and skills to a highly professional level, with
weekly Integration Seminars to enhance professional skills and
knowledge and integrate learning from
internship and classroom experiences.
- Up-to-date, competency-based curriculum
with engaging, interactive seminar courses, taught by
excellent faculty who bring their scholarly achievements and
background as student affairs practitioners to the classroom. (Click
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- An applied assessment project to develop skills
in program assessment, research and evaluation directly applicable
to student affairs practice.
- A rich array of required co-curricular components, including
quarterly community development retreats, attendance at a regional
professional conference as a cohort, participation in a student
affairs colloquium, and a 3-day spring field trip visiting top
administrators at Washington colleges and universities.
- Courses are concentrated primarily in one day and an evening per week
during the academic year in order to accommodate commuters in the
region and employed students.
- Optional paid graduate positions in student affairs or graduate
assistantships in academic affairs to help fund college expenses.
Write, phone, or e-mail:
Dr. Susan Mancuso
Student Affairs Administration,
Woodring College of Education
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9087