May 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs Administration - College Outdoor Program Administration Concentration, MA

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Program Code: MA_712C
CIP Code: 13.1102

Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire; an interview.

Student Affairs Assistantships: Applicants should complete the Division of Student Affairs’ assistantship application:

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants who have one or more years of student engagement/involvement experience (e.g., served as a Resident Assistant or as a student leader in a club or organization) or higher education-related work experience.

Location: On Campus

Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility

Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration

Total Required (Minimum 48 Hours)

Required Courses (24 Hours)

Additional courses may be required by the student’s program committee as part of, or in addition to, the listed requirements and electives. The required internship (HPC 5900 ) will be designed to meet objectives within the chosen concentration. Prerequisites for the internship are the designated courses listed under each concentration and approval of the departmental chair. Practicum/Internship request forms are available in the HPC office and must be completed and approved prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites listed in each course description; the curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that students have the necessary prerequisite knowledge before enrolling courses.

Concentration Requirements (24 Hours)

Students with no previous outdoor programs experience must take HPC 5900 , Practicum in College Student Development, or HPC 5460 , Professional Practice in College Student Development, as one of their electives. Students may take other approved graduate level courses from a wide range of courses in this or other departments as electives provided that they have taken any necessary prerequisite and the course is consistent with the student’s interests and career goals and approved by their advisor.

Students will be required to complete the following before graduation: Wilderness First Responder.

Other Requirements for the MA in Student Affairs Administration

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Portfolio of Learning Required; students must take the required courses for the degree (excluding internship) and submit a final portfolio certifying completion of all point totals for the Portfolio, prior to presenting a final defense to the Faculty and Student Affairs professional.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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