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Mar 5, 2020 | Education, News

Baker University launches online master’s degree in student affairs in higher education

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Baker University has launched the Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration. This online program prepares graduates for professional positions working with college students in areas such as admissions, career services, diversity and inclusion, financial aid, and residence life. The curriculum covers change management, conflict management, policy development, budget and human resource functions, and assessment in student affairs.

“This online, flexible master’s program is perfect for working adults who aspire to careers in a vibrant college or university student affairs setting,” said Program Chair Mary Shivley. “Valuable faculty feedback helps students apply real-world experience to a foundation of academic theory so they develop the skills necessary to become a successful student affairs professional.”

Baker’s distinctive program unites the advanced degree necessary for a career in higher education administration with hands-on professional experience. Students complete two supervised practices in student affairs, guided by mentors in a higher education setting. These experiences develop confidence as students learn to apply what they learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

“The Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration has been developed to create a cutting-edge program of study for individuals who strive to further their career in the field,” said Dean of the School of Education and School of Professional and Graduate Studies Sharon Zoellner. “The cohort model will be used for admission and allows for easy scheduling and management of courses and will ensure a class size that supports effective instruction.”

The master’s program can be completed online in about two years. Applications are now open for the first cohort, set to begin in October.

For more information about this program, visit

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