Employers in higher education seek job candidates with advanced degrees and professional experience. Our online master’s gives you both.

Academic Foundation

Courses are taught by faculty who are respected practitioners in their field, who are doing the work and navigating the issues facing higher ed. The curriculum focuses on contemporary issues and trends in higher education and skills in leadership, change management, conflict management, policy development, budget and human resource functions, and assessment in student affairs.

Hands-On Experience

You will gain extensive hands-on work experience in student affairs during two focused field experiences. On-site settings may include technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year public and private institutions across a minimum of three student affairs work areas such as Greek life, residence hall operation, and student organizations.

Develop the skills to thrive in the field of higher education administration:

  • Admissions
  • Career Services
  • Orientation and Transition
  • Dean of Students
  • Code of Conduct
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Activities
  • Advising
  • Residence Life
  • Alumni Relations

Classes are held online, and this flexible program can be completed in about two years.

Next Start Date

Online | October 2020

10% Tuition Discount for Baker Alumni


As a Baker grad, you’ve built the foundation for an excellent career. Keep that momentum going by earning your MAEd, MS-IDPT, MSSL, MSSA, or MSSE degree at Baker. You’re eligible for a 10% alumni tuition discount!

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  • The online master’s program fits the demanding schedules of working professionals.
  • Each online course lasts seven weeks.
  • The program is delivered in our popular cohort model.
  • The program can be completed in two years.


All faculty are experienced practitioners actually doing the work in their respective field and successfully managing the current higher education landscape.


The extensive on-site, hands-on supervised practicums inspire self-confidence and self-reliance in dealing with undergraduate students, making you career ready upon completion of the program.


Rather than completing a thesis or comprehensive exam, you will complete a portfolio that showcases your reflection on the knowledge and experiences you gained during the supervised practice 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. Valuable faculty feedback helps you apply real-world experience to a foundation of academic theory so you develop the skills necessary to become a successful student affairs professional.”

Dr. Mary Shivley | Program Director & Assistant Professor of Education

Our Award Winners

JOHN ERNST, Ed.D. ’15, MAEd, ’07

Milken Educator Award
Blue Valley Northwest High School | Overland Park, Kansas
“Taking the pulse” of the school each day not only ensures Ernst knows the students at Rolling Ridge, but also earned him a ticket to a black-tie event in Washington, D.C., in October. “My second graduation ceremony at Baker was such an unbelievable experience. The bagpipes were playing. It’s hard to describe how special Baker is to me.”


Outstanding Elementary Music 
Educator of the Year
South Central Kansas District of Kansas Music Educators Association
Soderstrom Elementary School | Lindsborg, Kansas
Nelson prepares her students to perform dance and music for Lindsborg’s two-day biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest, directs students in the winter St. Lucia Festival and leads a church children’s choir in addition to giving private piano lessons.


Outstanding Young Member Award
National Association of Agricultural Educators

Royal Valley High School | Hoyt, Kansas
One of just six teachers in the country to receive the NAAE’s Outstanding Young Member Award, Mitchell is responsible for reviving Royal Valley’s FFA program and was integral in gaining $12,000 in grant funds in just two years.


Kansas National Distinguished 
Principal of the Year
National Association of Elementary 
School Principals
Rolling Ridge Elementary School | Olathe, Kansas
Smithyman, who teaches English, gives up weekends to hold student leadership conferences and to work with students to improve standardized test scores and complete college applications. As a result, their scores consistently beat district, state, and national averages.


Tuition $375/credit hour
One-time registration fee $20
One-time materials fee $40
Technology fee $30/course
Application fee $20
Graduation fee $125

Requirements & Curriculum

What We Need From You

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA

Apply Now by Submitting the Following

  • Completed application form
  • $20 application fee
  • Official transcripts* from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree** conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Minimum TOEFL scores for international students

*How to send transcripts to Baker.
**If you already have a master’s degree, we require only your master’s transcripts.

36 Credit Hours

  • SAHE 5100 Foundations of Higher Education

  • SAHE 5110 Foundations of Student Affairs

  • SAHE 5200 Student Development Theory and Characteristics of Adult Learners

  • SAHE 5210 The College Environment

  • SAHE 5220 Leading Through Change

  • SAHE 5230 Individual and Group Dynamics

  • SAHE 5240 Organization and Administration and Legal Issues in Student Affairs

  • SAHE 5250 Finance, Fiscal Management, and Personnel Evaluation

  • SAHE 5260 Assessment in Student Affairs

  • SAHE 5310 Supervised Practice in Student Affairs I 

  • SAHE 5312 Supervised Practice in Student Affairs II

MSSA in Higher Ed Administration Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the approved 36-credit-hour curriculum
  • A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course completed with a grade of  C (D and F grades are not acceptable.)
  • Completion of all course work within six years of the date of initial enrollment
  • Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
  • Payment all tuition and fees

Graduate courses taken before application to the MSSA in Higher Ed Administration program will be evaluated upon request at the time of application to the program. Up to 6 graduate semester credits may be considered for transfer into the program, provided these courses meet the following criteria:

  1. Were taken for graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  2. Received a grade of A or B
  3. Are germane to the MSSA in Higher Ed Administration curriculum
  4. Were not used in acquiring another degree
  5. Are not outdated in content (not older than six years)
  6. Were not earned through correspondence study or independent study.

Additionally, a course description from the catalog in effect at the time the course was taken must be on file, and an official transcript sent directly from the granting institution must be received. The total number of transfer credits may not exceed 6 credits.

MSSA in Higher Ed Administration | FAQ

1. What can I do with an MSSA in Higher Education Administration?

Higher education administrators are in demand in many areas across campus:

  • Admissions
  • Career Services
  • Orientation and Transition
  • Dean of Students
  • Code of Conduct
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Activities
  • Advising
  • Residence Life
  • Alumni Relations
2. Do I have to take the GRE?

No. The GRE is not required, but admission into the program is competitive.

3. How long will it take me to earn my MSSA in Higher Ed Administration?

The online program takes approximately two years to finish.

4. How much time must I commit to my courses to be a successful student? How many hours of homework per week?

While this program accounts for the needs of working adults, students enrolled in an accelerated program (seven-week courses) must commit their time and energy to be successful. Students must expect to spend an average of 16 hours per week on learning course content: weekly assignments, forum posts, reading, research, writing, group projects, and so on.

5. What is supervised practice in student affairs?

The supervised practice in student affairs is 9 credit hours spent with a mentor in a higher education setting. This experience develops and enhances leadership skills, allowing you to apply theory to experiential situations and make professional connections.

6. Do I have to find my own supervised practice in student affairs sites?

Yes, with the advice and approval of your major advisor and coordinator of the supervised practice in student affairs.


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