12 months
1431 USD/credit 51516 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 51516 USD/year
543 USD/credit 19548 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Higher Education and Student Development program at George Mason University  prepares students for positions in higher education administration, student development, non-profit higher education associations, and government organizations.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key information

Today's higher education professionals are required to address both the needs of incoming traditionally aged students, as well as those of older students returning for a degree and special populations.

The wide range of student backgrounds in the current complex context requires a holistic approach to college student development.

The Higher Education and Student Development program at George Mason University   will prepare future higher education leaders who understand higher education in the digital age, student development, multicultural and diverse populations, program development, professionalism, and learning assessment. This multidisciplinary program offers both thesis and project capstone options and is full and part-time student friendly. Alumni hold positions in areas such as career development, academic advising, assessment, facilities management, admissions, and residence life.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education   

  • Research Methods in Higher Education  

  • Finance and Fiscal Management in Higher Education 

  • Organization and Administration of Student Affairs  

  •  The Contemporary College Student  

  •   Student Development Theory 

  • Practicum

  • Higher Education in the Digital Age

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have earned or will earn* a minimum of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a US institution of higher education accredited by one of the organizations found here, or an equivalent degree from a nationally recognized non-US institution.
  • You must have earned a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale or better in your baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement can be higher for individual graduate programs.
  • If you are an applicant with domestic educational credentials (inside the United States): you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts on the online application.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    51516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    51516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    19548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 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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