M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Higher Education and Student Affairs

M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Consistently ranked one of the best programs in the nation, the HESA master's program will provide you with experiences that combine cutting-edge research in the classroom along with hands-on experience through graduate assistantship.

The program is designed to help you achieve desired learning outcomes and will prepare you well for a career in higher education and student affairs.

You’ll study with widely known faculty members and prominent higher education practitioners to acquire the knowledge, skills, competencies, and philosophy required for exemplary professional practice in 21st century postsecondary educational institutions and other settings.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
    Fall Dec 1Jan 15
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores only required from applicants without an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution
      • Resume (international students only)
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Program Requirements
  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Mission Statement

    The Indiana University Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) master's program is designed for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, competencies, and philosophy required for exemplary professional practice in 21st century postsecondary educational institutions and other settings.

Coursework is designed to enhance your professional development and is completed through four fundamental elements:

  1. basic core
  2. counseling and counselor education
  3. foundations
  4. electives

Most full-time students take two academic years and one summer session to complete the degree requirements. To complete courses in the preferred sequence, students need to begin coursework in the fall semester.

All students are required to hold a graduate assistantship in higher education and student affairs.

Our Faculty

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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
High-impact educational practices; the college experience for minoritized student populations; the facilitation of institutional change processes toward more inclusive and equitable campus environments; critical quantitative methods
Email:
cakilgo@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8391
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Professor; Director, Center for Post Secondary Research

Email:
tflaird@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8366
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Associate Professor

Email:
llepeau@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8392
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Associate Professor; Senior Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research

Research Areas:
Student engagement in college, evidence-informed improvement of colleges and universities, higher education accountability
Email:
amcc@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-4435
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Faculty, Faculty Development, Medical Education
Email:
mmpalmer@indiana.edu
Phone:
(317) 274-5231
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Visiting Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Racialized, gendered, and sexualized experiences of Latina/o students; Men of color; Student success; Resilience; Diversity and social justice; Critical race theory
Email:
opatron@iu.edu
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
College Student Persistence and Completion, Access and Equity, Underrepresented Student Outcomes
Email:
maushirl@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8387
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Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department Chair

Research Areas:
Student Success in Higher Education, Identity Development in College, Community Colleges
Email:
vatorres@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8022
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Associate Professor

Email:
andwalto@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8358

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