Higher Education Student Affairs – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Departmental Website: Higher Education Student Affairs

Program Description:The Master of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs Program is designed to prepare students to become student affairs professionals.Specifically, graduates will work in positions that promote the intellectual, social, emotional and personal development of college students. These professionals work with colleagues, faculty, administrators, and staff to provide college students with a wide array of services that enhance their educational and campus experiences. The program leading to the M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Student Affairs requires a 39 semester hours of graduate study.

Location of Course Offerings: Cullowhee and Biltmore Park (limited)

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Applicants for the HESA program must have any average G.P.A. of B or higher, as defined by the department in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major.
    • Three recommendations from former instructors and/or supervisors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.
    • A recent resume or CV
    • A statement/essay of interest addressing the following questions:
      • What are your career objectives and discuss how a degree in Higher Education Student Affairs will prepare you to meet these objectives?

      • Why is Western Carolina University’s Higher Education Student Affairs graduate program of interest to you?

      • What diverse perspectives and experiences will you contribute to the HESA learning community?

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • If you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, please click here to download the application. After you complete the Assistantship application, upload it as "Other Materials" within your admissions application (March 1 deadline).


Application Deadline

Prerequisites: None

Dr. April Perry, Assistant Professor & Program Director
McKee G22

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