Master of Education (M.Ed.) Major in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Major Program

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) focuses on preparing students to work in post-secondary and higher education student support services. This comprehensive, cohort-based, application-oriented program is grounded in developmental and learning theory. It celebrates diversity in faculty and student background, experience and culture, and offers practical exposure to the array of careers in student affairs. The innovative curriculum is shaped by student and practitioner participation and is responsive to research and new approaches in the field of student affairs.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 295 (verbal and quantitative sections combined) with no less than 150 in the verbal section, 145 in the quantitative section, and 4.0 in the analytical writing section
    • The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.
  • resume/CV
  • three recommendation forms and letter
  • statement of purpose

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a major in Student Affairs in Higher Education requires 42 semester credit hours, which includes 6 hours of Internship.

Course Requirements

Foundations
SAHE 5387Research Methods in Student Affairs3
SAHE 5390Student Affairs Functions and Professional Orientation3
SAHE 7339Foundations of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration3
SAHE 7340College Student Development: Theory and Practice3
Professional Studies
SAHE 5322Governance and Legal Issues in Higher Education3
SAHE 5323Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Evaluation in Student Affairs3
SAHE 5354Basic Helping Skills3
SAHE 5392Student Affairs Capstone: The Application of Principles and Theories to Case Studies3
SAHE 5393Multicultural Practice and Social Justice in Student Affairs3
SAHE 7335Leadership in Student Affairs3
Theory to Practice
SAHE 5388Internship I - Student Affairs3
SAHE 5389Internship II - Student Affairs3
Electives
Choose 6 hours in consultation with graduate advisor6
Total Hours42

Master's level courses in Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology: SAHE

Doctoral level courses in Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology: SAHE

Courses Offered

Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) - Master's Level

SAHE 5311. Advising and Facilitating Student Groups and Organizations.

Designed for student affairs professionals, this course focuses on effectively advising and facilitating a diverse array of student groups and organizations. Topics include: one-on-one and group advising, collaboration, group facilitation, conflict resolution/mediation, supervision, mentoring, teamwork, and teambuilding.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5322. Governance and Legal Issues in Higher Education.

This course provides for the identification and understanding of the legal issues, which influence institutions of higher education. There is also a focus on how postsecondary institutions are governed by Boards of Regents as well as both state and federal governments.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5323. Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Evaluation in Student Affairs.

This course covers the theoretical bases for assessment techniques; research design; strategic planning; developing, managing, and evaluating student affairs programs including information management and computer applications in higher education; and methods of needs analysis applicable to college student populations.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5354. Basic Helping Skills.

This course will assist students with the development of basic communication, crisis assessment, and referral skills, through the use of role playing and modeling. It provides didactic and experiential activities to facilitate the acquisition of skills essential to helping in the student affairs context.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5387. Research Methods in Student Affairs.

Understanding research is an important part of higher education administration. This course focuses on research measurement and design procedures for addressing issues in student affairs in higher education. Students will learn quantitative and qualitative methods as well as fundamentals for reviewing, understanding, and applying research literature. Corequisite: SAHE 5390.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5388. Internship I - Student Affairs.

With a focus on bridging theory and practice, Internship I focuses on applying professional and theoretical knowledge to a student affairs internship setting and making meaning of one's internship experience. The course involves in-class meetings and clocked internship hours. Repeatable with departmental approval.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

SAHE 5389. Internship II - Student Affairs.

With a focus on career development, Internship II emphasizes applying coursework and practice to students' future careers. The course includes functional area exploration, resume and cover letter development, job search strategies, and interviewing skills. The course involves in-class meetings and clocked internship hours. Repeatable with departmental approval.

3 Credit Hours. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

SAHE 5390. Student Affairs Functions and Professional Orientation.

This course covers the history of student affairs in higher education; the context in which student affairs exists in higher education; the theories used in student affairs work and its philosophical foundations; and the mission, goals, and programs of selected functions in student affairs.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5392. Student Affairs Capstone: The Application of Principles and Theories to Case Studies.

Utilizing case study format, students examine the application of Student Affairs theories and principles to significant issues, functions, and problems that student affairs administrators manage in work settings. Topics include ethical decision-making, management and leadership problems, human resource development, governance and legal issues, finance and budgeting, and evaluation and assessment.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 5393. Multicultural Practice and Social Justice in Student Affairs.

This course focuses on the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to be multiculturally competent and socially just student affairs professionals. Additionally, the course focuses on diverse characteristics and needs of contemporary college students.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) - Doctoral Level

SAHE 7178. Independent Study.

This course focuses on individual research topics. Students choose a selected area of study and work independently on a specialized project. Repeatable with departmental approval.

1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

SAHE 7278. Independent Study.

This course focuses on individual research topics. Students choose a selected area of study and work independently on a specialized project. Repeatable with departmental approval.

2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

SAHE 7335. Leadership in Student Affairs.

This course provides an examination of leadership in student affairs and higher education through the study of leadership and organizational theory. Additionally, the course focuses on student leadership development. Students will be prepared to utilize their knowledge of leadership theories and models to practice leadership and develop leadership in others.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 7339. Foundations of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.

This course provides an overview and examiniation of the historical, philosophical, and organizational foundations of higher education and student affairs. Additionally, there is a focus on institutional programs, services, practices, and resources that support student engagement and success.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 7340. College Student Development: Theory and Practice.

This course seeks to provide in-depth understanding of developmental needs and issues of college and university students, identifies ways to enhance learning by considering developmental and environmental effects, and offers practice in creating learning opportunities that consider developmental needs.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 7345. Gender and Sexuality in College.

This course examines the role of gender and sexuality in the college experience. Designed using feminist theory and a social justice framework, the course includes topics of gender identity development, intersectionality, and multiple identities, sexual orientation, gender privilege and oppression, gender disparities in achievement and persistence, femininity, and masculinity.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 7378. Independent Study.

This course focuses on individual research topics. Students choose a selected area of study and work independently on a specialized project. Repeatable with departmental approval.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

SAHE 7379B. Higher Education and Student Affairs in Qatar.

This course focuses on higher education and student affairs in the country of Qatar. Qatari colleges and American higher education branch campuses in Qatar will be examined. Topics include Qatari and Arab history and culture, student affairs services in Qatar, student development and student involvement, and intercultural competence.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 7379C. Professional Development in Student Affairs.

Professional development plays an important role in student affairs. This course will allow students to learn more about professional development, professional associations, and conferences. Additionally, students will attend a professional conference and explore the theme of the conference through readings and meetings with professional association leaders and speakers.

3 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing|Topics
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SAHE 7379E. Intergroup Dialogue.

This course is designed to give students both a theoretical and practical foundation in the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to effectively facilitate intergroup dialogue. While providing foundational grounding in the theory and pedagogy of intergroup dialogue, the course directs particular attention to intergroup dynamics.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing|Topics
Grade Mode: Standard Letter