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Social Justice Higher Education Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
The Master of Arts Social Justice Higher Education Administration (SJHE) develops culturally-competent student affairs professionals who serve as catalysts for institutional change. SJHE provides the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be successful in a wide range of student affairs settings.


The SJHE program is a critical theory-to-practice program that equips professionals to be successful in a wide range of settings in higher education, including, campus life, multicultural affairs, leadership development, and residence life. Rooted in NASPA & ACPA competencies and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education’s (CAS) guidelines, SJHE is unique in that social justice and cultural competence are at the core of the curriculum and all theories and practices are examined through an intersectional lens. This design prepares our graduates to meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations at various types of institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Personal and Professional Foundations 
  • Social Justice and Higher Education 
  • Student Learning and Development Theories 
  • The Student Characteristics, Learning and Culture 
  • Assessment, Evaluation, Research & Grants 
  • Planning, Program Development & High Impact Practices 
  • Advising and Supporting Individuals and Groups 
  • Law, Policy, Safety and Restorative Justice 
  • Supervised Practice One (l) (150 hours) 
  • Leadership and Leaming Organizations 
  • Graduate Research Seminar 
  • Social Justice, Pedagogy and Praxis 
  • Supervised Practice Two (II) (150 hours) 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

  • A preferred GPA of 2.5 or above for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study, and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate work.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A completed La Verne Freshman Application OR Common Application
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • Official high school transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools and universities:
  • A Personal Essay allows us to get to learn a little more about you. Essay prompts are located in the application and are submitted at the time of application submission;
  • One letter of recommendation
One of the following:
  • SAT (La Verne Code 4381) or ACT (La Verne Code: 0295) exam results sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne; or
  • TOEFL (La Verne Code: 4381), IELTS, Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or PTE Academic results sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    750 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 750 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    750 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 750 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for La Verne

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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