Higher Education (Student Affairs Administration) MEd
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If you have a passion for higher education, this is your opportunity to help new students transition into college life by getting an online Student Affairs degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.
With our new online Student Affairs degree, you’ll develop the skills needed to usher students into your university. This program will give you the tools you need to work directly with collegiate students in a wide range of areas. Graduates go on to work in colleges and universities in these areas of student services:
- Residence Life
- Fraternity and Sorority Life
- Career Services
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The Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers to applicants to the Fall 2021 term.
Course Requirements (36 hours)
Helping Skills in Student Affairs Practice
Administration in Student Affairs
The American College Student
Foundations of Student Affairs Administration
Supervised Practice in Student Affairs
Social Justice in Higher Education
History of Higher Education
Legal Issues in Higher Education
Student Development Theory and Research
Educational Research: Interpretation and Applications
Assessment in Student Affairs Practice
Advisor Approved Electives
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
At the discretion of the academic program, the Ed.D. program will accept up to 18 transfer hours so long as the credits have not been applied to a previously conferred degree. Programs may accept fewer transfer hours. Any requested transfer credits must meet the following restrictions. The coursework to be transferred is time limited; it must have been taken within the time period allowed for the graduate degree program. The credit must carry a letter or numeric grade of “B” or better; courses assigned the grade pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, incomplete “I”, or other ungraded designation cannot be transferred. Course credit applied toward another earned degree cannot be transferred. Non-content courses, such as thesis or dissertation research, cannot be transferred. Transfer grades will not be calculated in the USM GPA. Transfer credit is not automatic and will be awarded only after course content is evaluated and approved by the graduate committee chair and/or graduate committee, school director, and graduate dean. Students will supply syllabi, course descriptions, and other requested materials for review. For doctoral programs, final evaluation and acceptance of transfer credit will be made after the student has been enrolled for one semester. A total sum of no more than one-third (33%) of combined transfer and non-degree coursework may be applied toward a graduate degree.
While we require all previous transcripts, the GPA we review most is your last 60 hours of undergraduate.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
We accept applications for the fall, spring, and summer.
Once admitted, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will guide you in meeting program requirements.
The University of Southern Mississippi will accept up to 12 hours of transfer credit. The courses cannot have been credited toward a previous degree to be admissible for transfer.
The University of Southern Mississippi follows a semester system for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Information on specifics of the university calendar can be found at https://www.usm.edu/registrar/calendars
Degree requirements may be found at http://catalog.usm.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=20&poid=9397
The Graduate Bulletin contains this information and can be accessed at http://catalog.usm.edu/index.php?catoid=20
The Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers. That means no GRE score is required.
In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures, applicants must submit the following documents:
- Statement of Purpose – In a letter or essay format, describe your professional experiences and goals and how obtaining this degree will help you to realize those goals.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
This program admits new students each fall term. The application priority deadline is February 1. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.
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