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Student Affairs Administration

Michigan State University

60 months
27792 USD/year
27792 USD/year
14144 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The master's degree program in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University is designed for persons who plan to be employed in this field within institutions of higher education. The program is designed to enable students to achieve an understanding of educational administration, higher education, and student affairs administration.


The Student Affairs Administration program from Michigan State University provides a broad perspective of higher education systems from social, historical, cross-national, and normative perspectives, an understanding of central issues in student affairs administration, and a connection of theory to practice. We expect graduates to be prepared to work in and cultivate educational environments that promote diversity and multiculturalism.

Learning outcomes

We strive to engage our students in relevant and intentional graduate and professional preparation, equipping them to understand theory, enhance practice, foster learning, and positively affect student affairs and higher education.

The Department of Educational Administration has been preparing leaders in education for over fifty years. Our graduates are leaders in public and higher education, research and policy centers, and other educational settings locally, nationally, and globally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Postsecondary Education
  • Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning
  • The College Student Experience
  • Student Affairs in Collegiate Settings
  • Research and Assessment in Student Affairs
  • Professional Development Seminar in Student Affairs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (students with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted provisionally)
  • References that showcase your academic ability and commitment to the field of student affairs
  • Personal statement that addresses the following questions:
  • What experiences led to your interest in pursuing a career in student affairs?
  • What qualities, characteristics and skills do you possess that will make you a strong candidate for the SAA program?
  • How will the SAA program at Michigan State help you meet your personal and professional goals?
  • Professional or paraprofessional experience 
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    14144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14144 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for East Lansing

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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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