The Master of Science in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs at West Chester University will prepare you to make a difference in the lives of college students by placing them in the center of your work. Higher education is always changing to meet the needs of current students, especially in issues of equity and access. Our M.S. program will prepare you to genuinely understand, analyze, and meet those changing needs and to assure that higher education is a welcoming and supportive space for all students. The M.S. program is designed to provide students with a theoretical foundation in higher education policy and student affairs. Each course is grounded in the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, and experiential opportunities in the curriculum allow you to put theory into practice in the field. The college campus will become your “lab,” and you will have many learning experiences outside of the classroom, including two internship classes totaling 500 hours in the field. The program also allows for the option of earning a certificate in Sustainability or Educational Technology. The critical action research focus is a unique element of WCU’s program. Students complete a thesis which is a developed proposal of an intervention to solve a problem in student affairs and higher education. Our graduates possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve in positions in student affairs, student services, and many other positions in higher education.
Program can be completed in 2 years
Option available for students to earn a certificate in Sustainability or Educational Technology
Evening classes for working professionals
Graduate assistantship opportunities
Master’s Degree is typical entry level education for this field
10% projected industry growth through 2026 (according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Our students are currently working in myriad positions in higher education including: