24 months
1005 USD/credit 19597 USD/year
1005 USD/credit 19597 USD/year
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As a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at the University of Dayton, you'll prepare for a variety of academic and student affairs positions in higher education, or similar adult learning-focused organizations.

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This 39-hour Master's of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at the University of Dayton  consists of coursework that integrates theory and research with practice. Our updated curriculum includes traditional higher education and student affairs content — such as foundational perspectives, student development, cultures, organizational leadership, and law  — and innovative coursework in learning design, assessment, and diversity and social justice. Students complete internships or a practicum and a unique scholarly research project.

Full-time students at the University of Dayton can complete the program in two years. Part-time students with full-time jobs can graduate in as little as three years. Students with a range of experiences and commitments are welcome, as the program offers evening classes that accommodate most work schedules.

Program highlights

Students benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio, abundant opportunities for practicum and internship experiences, study abroad opportunities, service projects, and a private university education at the cost of a public university. The program uses a scholar-practitioner model, which prepares students for professional positions and/or doctoral work. Distinctive curriculum focuses on learning, community and social justice at a mission-driven institution.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives in Higher Education
  • Assessment in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Student Development's Role in Learning
  • Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Organizational Leadership in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Learning in Community

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Essay responses (see below).
  • Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19597 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1005 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    19597 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1005 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Dayton

880 - 1352 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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