Degrees & Programs

Higher Education & Student Affairs

Our graduate program in higher education and student affairs is one of the oldest programs in the United States. We started offering courses more than 50 years ago. For many years we have been considered one of the leading graduate programs in the country. We are consistently ranked among the top ten graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. 

Our faculty possess a unique blend of strong scholarly records and extensive experience in senior administrative roles. As a result they bring a rich understanding of leading research in their areas of expertise along with the ability to translate their ideas into the practical world of public and institutional policymaking. Collectively our faculty resources include expertise in the areas of assessment and evaluation, comparative education, economics and finance, enrollment management, institutional research, policy studies, student affairs, student development, student engagement and teaching and learning.

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The Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) program at Indiana University is a pioneer in the study of higher education and student affairs administration. Among the first departments in the country to offer degree programs in this field of study, the HESA program has a distinguished history and continues to be nationally recognized as a leader in the development of higher education scholar-practitioners. Our graduates serve as administrative leaders in postsecondary institutions throughout the country, researchers, as well as faculty members that continue to cultivate new insights and understandings in the field.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our degree programs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or to learn more about our program.

Our Faculty

Our faculty combine excellence in research with practical experience as university and college administrators.

Bloomington Faculty

IUPUI Faculty

  • Robin Hughes, Associate Professor, Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA); Adjunct Associate Professor African American African Diaspora Studies, Bloomington and Indianapolis
  • Lori Patton Davis, Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Gary Pike, Professor

Faculty Affiliates

  • Zebulun Davenport, Adjunct, Vice Chancellor
  • Jillian Kinzie, Adjunct, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and National Survey of Student Engagement Institute
  • Joan Middendorf, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Associate Director of Campus Instructional Consulting, Co-Director of Freshman Learning Project
  • M. O'Guinn, Adjunct Associate, IU Associate General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel
  • Christopher Viers, Adjunct, Associate Vice President for International Services



View a list of current Master's students »

View a list of current Doctoral students »

HESA News and Events (including the HESA Highlights Newsletter)

IUSPA Journal

Awards and Recognition


Masters Student Resources

Doctoral Student Resources 


More than 2,000 HESA alumni are working at institutions across the United States as faculty members, senior-level administrators, and student affairs professionals.

View a LIST of some of the 1) positions held by and 2) Institutions where you will find other IU HESA alumni.

In the last five years, placement of our graduates has been close to 100 percent, with almost all entering positions in student affairs. Many alumni, now in prominent positions in the field, are eager to hire IU graduates.

View Career Opportunities from other institutions and organizations seeking HESA graduates!


Virtual tour of IU

Virtual tour of IUPUI

Prospective Masters Students Interested in Visiting IU: Personal Visit & Interview Days

Prospective Doctoral Students Interested in Visiting IU: Personal Visit & Visitation Program

For more information about our degree programs, please contact:

Kathy Murphy, Student Services Support Coordinator
Higher Education and Student Affairs Program
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4228
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8372