M.Ed. On Campus

Higher Education (College Student Affairs Leadership Emphasis)

12 months
14000 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The College of Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) emphasis. The Higher Education (College Student Affairs Leadership Emphasis) program is offered by Dashboard Grand Valley State University.


Key facts

The Higher Education (College Student Affairs Leadership Emphasis) curriculum at Dashboard Grand Valley State University is offered within the Leadership and Learning unit and is designed to develop professionals who have strong backgrounds in educational theory and research, traditional and adult learners, and the role of student affairs in institutions of higher education. The College Student Affairs Leadership curriculum prepares students for professional positions in institutions of higher education in a variety of areas such as admissions, student orientation, housing, student life, academic advising, recreation, financial aid, minority affairs, careers services, international affairs and judicial affairs.

As a medium size public institution with a "small college" feel, Grand Valley State University offers numerous opportunities to prepare student affairs practitioners for the varied professional challenges of smaller and medium size campuses as well as for larger, more specialized university environments.


Graduate assistants participate in a week long training seminar the first week of August. Students not only become familiar with the Grand Valley campuses in Allendale and Grand Rapids but also get to meet other graduate assistants in the program. Sessions cover topics ranging from working with your supervisor to diversity, basic listening skills, and group advising. Time is also provided during the week for academic advising and working in the department where the assistantship is located.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Policy and Practice 
  • Social/Cultural Foundations of Education 
  • Educational Inquiry and Evaluation 
  • Theories of College Student Development 
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs Functions
  • The American College Student 
  • Administration of Student Affairs Programs 
  • Student Affairs Administrators and the Law 
  • Intervention Strategies for Student 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
144 (verbal)
138 (quantitative)
3.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International Application
  • $30 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Verification of Financial Support

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 USD per year during 12 months.

National 735 $ / credit

Living costs for Allendale

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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