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    University of Southern Mississippi
  Feb 23, 2018
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Education (Student Affairs in Higher Education), M.Ed.

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The Master of Education with emphasis in Student Affairs in Higher Education is designed to meet the professional needs of individuals who seek to work in the field of student affairs/higher education.  This degree will provide students with an understanding of the theory, research, and practice of student affairs, student development theory, cultural diversity among students, and current issues and trends in student affairs administration. A hallmark of the program is its integration of academic course work with practical experiences in student affairs. Students complete practical experience in student affairs offices to prepare them for work as a professional in the field. Applications are accepted for both fall and spring admission and should be completed at least eight weeks prior to desired start date. Application deadlines are available on the department's website.

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA of 3.0 or higher on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  2. GRE - Verbal, Quantitative, Writing official scores within past 5 years
  3. Current résumé
  4. Letter of Interest (should include statements regarding the applicant's related expereinces and professional goals)
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with the student's academic experience and/or ability and can address applicant's readiness for graduate study

Supplementary material may be submitted at the student's discretion or may be requested by the admissions committee.

Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Degree Requirements (45 hours)

The M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 45-credit hours. Students enrolled full time typically complete the program in two years. Students may also enroll part time.


Comprehensive exams should be taken during the last semester of coursework.

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