The NYU Masters Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (formerly Student Personnel Administration) prepares students for careers in higher education. The curriculum encompasses broad themes in the history and development of higher education both in the U.S. and abroad, and includes the study of colleges as institutions; student learning and development; the profession of student affairs; research and assessment methods; access to higher education and diversity, and the theory and practice of leadership.
Our program selects students who have performed very well academically in their undergraduate years and have demonstrated both commitment to and expertise in student affairs activities. Typical of the undergraduate experiences they bring are
- work as a resident assistant/director
- student government leader; academic adviser
- student activities coordinator
- admissions counselor
- financial aid assistant.
Our program allows for full time or part time study. M.A. students in both program tracks are active members of the University community. Students are involved in the Association of Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP) as well as other NYU student organizations. In 2004, the M.A. students launched a student run journal: Journal of Student Affairs at New York University.
FULL TIME STUDY
All full-time students are required to have internships of 20 hours a week while they pursue the 2-year curriculum (36 Credits); the internships provide a stipend and tuition support as well as extremely valuable practical experience and socialization into the profession. Students take three courses each semester as well and complete a capstone project during their second year.
PART TIME STUDY
Part-time students must have a full time position in higher education to enroll in the Masters program. A typical course load is one to two course per semester until the student reaches the required 36 credits; there are also courses available during Winter and Summer breaks. The pace of the part time experience is individualized to the student, but most complete the program in approximately three years.
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The material below describes the required courses, gives examples of past internships and summarizes the capstone project.
The NYU Master’s Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs prepares students for careers in higher education by exposing students to the history and development of higher education both domestically and globally, by examining student development and organizational theory, and by offering a unique internship where students are encouraged to combine theory with practice.
Student Learning Objectives
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of organizational and leadership dynamics key to the historical development of American colleges and universities.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct original research.
- Students will develop an awareness and deeper understanding of global education issues.
- Students will examine and critique student development theory and use it to develop programs and services most conducive to student learning.
- Students will identify and examine, through writing, a specific issue related to diversity (e.g. access, affirmative action, educational equity, etc.)
- Students will formalize a professional philosophy statement that incorporates reflections of the connection between theory and practice as experienced in the workplace.
Fall 2012 M.A. Information Session
Fall 2012 MA Information Sessions will be held on the following dates and locations:
- Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in the Multi-Purpose Room in Pless Annex (82 Washington Square East, 3rd floor)
- Monday, October 22, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge in Pless Hall (82 Washington Square East, 3rd floor).
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Required Courses (18 Credits)
Foundations of Higher Education
This course introduces students to colleges and universities as a professional field. Emphasis is on historical development, philosophical and sociological foundations, the structure and variety of students and institutions, governance and administration, professional standards, the role of specialists, ethical problems and relationships to other professions and educational sectors.
Internship Seminar/ Practicum: Problems in Higher Education
The purpose of this seminar is to serve as an opportunity to integrate the content and information presented in formal classroom settings with the practical field experience.
College Student Learning and Development
This course explores the characteristics of students attending various types of institutions and the theories of growth and development for traditional and older-aged students. This course also reviews research on attendance and withdrawal, institutional environment and student subcultures, and the immediate and long-term effects of a college experience.
Diversity in Higher Education
This course examines current issues and research relating to participation and success of students and faculty from different backgrounds in U.S. higher education. Emphasis is on the interplay between ethnicity and institutional, societal, governmental, and personal influences on participation and retention of students and faculty.
Leadership In Higher Education
This course is designed to give students an understanding of several major theoretical approaches to understanding leadership, and to examine how leadership functions within higher education. Students learn how to observe and analyze roles and behaviors in higher education and gain useful insights for their own development as professionals.
Research Approaches & Techniques in Postsecondary Education
The purpose of this course is to develop good consumers of educational research and to introduce topics and skills of educational research and evaluation. The course is intended for those who conduct research on college campuses and emphasizes a practitioner-oriented approach to research for use on a college campus.
Elective Courses (18 credits)
Courses selected by advisement. Examples include: International Perspectives and Education Reform; How Colleges Work; The College Environment; The Community College; Higher Education and the Law; Learning in Higher and Workplace Education; Politics of Higher Education; History of Higher Education; Sociology of Higher Education; Workplace Learning; Group Dynamics; Dynamics of Vocational Development; and Cross Cultural Counseling
The Capstone Project encourages students to put learning into action.
As part of the curriculum, all students complete a Capstone Project to enhance their professional development and prepare for career placement. The Capstone Project has three components:
• Statements of professional philosophy and preparation;
• Portfolio of accomplishments; and
• Participation points in higher education related activities.
These components encourage students to reflect on their M.A. learning experience, develop a professional philosophy to guide their career, and connect to the student affairs profession. By the end of the experience, students complete a comprehensive portfolio for use in job interviews and career advancement.
Internship selection is part of our admissions process, with extensive interviews for both students and supervisors. Program faculty work closely with internship supervisors to provide a unique and rich academic and professional program. Most internships are at NYU in students affairs and in many of our schools and colleges, but we also have many placements at colleges across New York City. The list below is a representative sampling of current internships:
Examples of Internship Positions
- Pratt Institute Residence Life
- Marymount Manhattan College Career Services Office
- NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
- NYU Athletics, Academic Affairs
- School of American Ballet Residence Life
- NYU Office of Financial Aid
- SUNY Maritime Enrollment Services and Student Life
- NYU College of Arts and Science Advising Center