Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs Administration, MA


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Program Code: MA_712A_1

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 program questionnaire; an interview.

Student Affairs Assistantships: Applicants should complete the Division of Student Affairs’ assistantship application: http://assistantships.appstate.edu.

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 Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information


Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program. No exam waiver is automatic and 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. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration


Total Required (Minimum 45 Hours)


Required Courses (36 Hours)


Additional courses may be required as part of, or in addition to, the listed requirements and electives. The required internship (SAA 6900 ) occurs during the last semester of matriculation. SAA 6900  is 6 credit hours.

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.

Electives (9 Hours)


Students may take other approved graduate level courses from a wide range of courses 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.

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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