M.Ed. On Campus

Higher Education Student Affairs

Western Carolina University

21 months
17886 USD/year
17886 USD/year
7480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Western Carolina University’s Master of Education in HESA is a chance to learn about supplementing the college experience outside of traditional academics. The Higher Education Student Affairs program follows the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Education.


What You'll Learn

The M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs at Western Carolina University is a 39-semester hour program that provides graduates with comprehensive knowledge and experiences to pursue professional employment within an institution of higher education or seek to continue to a doctoral program. Students will learn about issues in higher education such as diversity, legal issues, history, finance and more. Students will also learn from, and work with, a variety of college personnel to better understand the varying roles and opportunities that exist in the collegiate environment. Students may also choose an internship to gain valuable, hands-on experience. 

Where You'll Go

Graduates have a chance to find employment on college campuses across the country and can work in a variety of roles from leading off-campus trips to helping with substance abuse counseling. You can work as residence director, academic coordinator, campus event coordinator and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for postsecondary administrators is $101,910 and predicts the industry to have 15% job growth by 2022. 

Programme Structure

Higher Education Student Affairs curriculum include:

  • Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Student Affairs
  • Organization, Administration and Finance in Higher Education Student Affairs 
  • History of Higher Education in the United States
  • Theories of College Student Development
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Higher Education Student Affairs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the M.Ed. in the HESA program must have an average G.P.A. of B or higher, as defined by the department in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major.
  • Three online recommendation forms submitted by former instructors and/or supervisors, who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study. (Applicant will add the recommenders’ email addresses within the application system, and a recommendation form will be sent to them).
  • A recent resume or CV.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • National

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 21 months.
  • In-State

    7480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3740 USD per semester during 21 months.

Living costs for Cullowhee

900 - 1400 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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