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Higher Education Student Affairs Administration

About the Program

The M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) is a professional preparation program designed to provide students with an opportunity to pursue entry and mid-level careers working with college students in all sectors of higher education student affairs administration. Working in two structured internships, students will have an opportunity to develop their skills as college personnel professionals and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Students will develop proficiency in areas consistent with the standards of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Drawing on the resources and grounded in the collective expertise of faculty and professionals throughout the Nazareth community—both an instructional and advisory capacity—the HESAA program provides students with a broad exposure to both theory and practice in the higher education setting. It is a transdisciplinary program and the only one of its kind in the Rochester area.

Courses and Curriculum

HESAA students enroll in foundation courses such as student development in socio-cultural context, human resource management, student affairs organization, and history and philosophy of higher education. In addition, students are required to complete structured internships within two different higher education settings, thereby providing them with the opportunity to integrate academic coursework with practical experiences. Students in the HESAA program will also be able to take four elective courses in one of two clusters (depending on their interests and career goals):

Cluster 1: The Whole Student
Cluster 2: Management and Organization

The program curriculum requires 36 credit hours (18 for core courses, 12 for electives, 6 for internship/practicum). Core sequence (two 3-credit courses per semester) provides a cohort-based experience. In other words, students progress through the foundational (core) coursework together as a cohesive group. Although preference will be given to full-time students, part-time study is an option. Part-time students take the two core courses each semester but complete their electives separately.

View course requirements and descriptions »

To enhance professional development and help students connect with the larger national community of student affairs professionals, a reduced membership in both national professional associations (ACPA and NASPA) is available.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the HESAA Program will be able to:

  1. Learn how college students develop as individuals as well as within the context of a larger socio-cultural environment.

  2. Develop an understanding of the underlying dynamics of various collegiate subcultures.

  3. Discover how organizational dynamics and human resource management can affect the higher education enterprise.

  4. Investigate the forces that have shaped the U.S. higher education, its changing nature, and the role it plays in a multicultural society.

Assistantships

Graduate assistantships throughout Nazareth College are offered on a competitive basis as well as at select other colleges in the Rochester area. Accepted students will receive a packet of information about the process of applying for the GA positions at Nazareth for the coming year. The listing of these typically go live in early May.

Accepted or enrolled graduate students who have set up a NazLink account will be able to apply for these positions though the website. In addition, some local colleges open their Student Affairs GA positions to graduate students at other institutions. Accepted students will receive notice of these opportunities as they become available.

Internships

The HESAA experience includes two 150 hour internships that typically occur in the second year of the program. A quality internship will provide you with an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom, gain professional experiences, network, and explore career options. One internship experience (typically the first) will be at Nazareth, and the other must be at another institution. Students who would like to expand their professional networks beyond the Rochester area may elect to complete an internship in the summer months between the first and second year of the program.

Students are expected to select and negotiate their own internships. A list of possible locations will be provided, but students are encouraged to explore their individual interests and networks to establish new connections. Internships are an essential part of your educational experience and as such need to provide a context for the development of specific learning outcomes.

Guidelines and criteria for selecting an internship site will be provided during the first year of the program. It is important to select thoughtfully and carefully to ensure that the site will provide you with a quality learning experience that will help you advance your interests and career goals.

Current Students

HESAA students have come to the program with a wide range of different majors and experiences. Some are just completing their bachelors degree while others have been working for a number of years.

Casey Cline
Undergraduate Institution: Mercyhurst College
Undergraduate Major: Art Therapy
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Civic engagement, student success, and admissions.

Matthew Cornwell
Undergraduate Institution: Nazareth College
Undergraduate Major: Sociology
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Admissions, advisement, campus life, career services.

Wassila George
Undergraduate Institution: Nazareth College
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Admissions, working with first year students, multicultural affairs, campus life.

Sarah Heisman
Undergraduate Institution: University of Scranton
Undergraduate Major: Communication
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Campus life office (helping students enhance their college experience beyond the classroom); working with students who may need additional assistance in navigating their college experience such as advising.

Alexander Ives
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY Fredonia
Undergraduate Major: Political Science (concentration in European Union)
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Diversity and multiculturalism, student development, admissions.

Joseph Schmitthenner
Undergraduate Institution: Nazareth College
Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Admissions, campus life, community service, career services.

Kourtney Spaulding
Undergraduate Institution: Eastern Michigan University
Undergraduate Major: Business Management/Non-profit Administration
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Jewish campus life; community service and leadership; orientation.

Zachary Swan
Undergraduate Institution: St. John Fisher College
Undergraduate Major: Communications
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Career development, student activities, admissions.

Lisa Thomas
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY Brockport
Undergraduate Major: Sociology
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Academic affairs, multicultural affairs.

Melissa Waughtel
Undergraduate Institution: Brockport State University
Undergraduate Major: English Literature
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Residence life/campus life.

Suzanne Welker
Undergraduate Institution: University at Buffalo
Undergraduate Major: Sociology
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Undecided.

Heather York
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY, University at Buffalo
Undergraduate Major: Health and Human Services (concentration in Community Mental Health)
Student affairs area(s) of interest: Campus life, first-year experience, student conduct, counseling.

Transdisciplinary Program

Transdisciplinarity refers to those teamwork approaches that cross disciplinary boundaries and where methods of problem solving or inquiry developed by one discipline are borrowed by others.  A good example is ethnography—a field research method originally developed in anthropology—now widely used by other disciplines. A second critical defining characteristic of transdisciplinary research is the inclusion of stakeholders to defining objectives and strategies.

Program Highlights Course Descriptions

  1. Learn how college students develop as individuals as well as within the context of a larger socio-cultural environment.
  2. Develop an understanding of the underlying dynamics of various collegiate subcultures.
  3. Discover how organizational dynamics and human resource management can affect the higher education enterprise.
  4. Investigate the forces that have shaped U.S. higher education, its changing nature, and the role it plays in a multicultural society.

Program Faculty

Program Quick Info

Admissions Requirements:

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Credit Hours:

36 credit hours

Cost:

http://www.naz.edu/student-accounts/tuition-fees

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Additional Questions?
Contact the program director, Dr. Diane M. Enerson at denerso9@naz.edu

Nazareth College

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Rochester, NY 14618
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