Higher Education and Student Affairs

Student-Focused and Future-driven Online Degrees


  • No GRE application requirement
  • Take courses 100% online, at your convenience
  • Enjoy 8 and 16-week course delivery
  • On-campus or 100% online graduate assistantships available
  • Engaging and interactive learning experiences that accommodate working professionals
  • Gain a global perspective with an optional education abroad experience
  • Faculty are nationally recognized practitioners and published researchers
  • Cohort-based model and student-focused approaches


Our comprehensive and thorough program prepares you to lead two-year, four-year, public, and private colleges and universities. You'll enjoy a student-focused program that prepares you for all areas of higher education including student affairs, administration, athletics, enrollment management, alumni development, academics, and more. Plus you further refine your skills in the areas that most interest you. And, you'll grow as a leader.

Our student-focused program delivers an engaging and interactive learning experience that accommodates working professionals. You attend classes online, when it is convenient for you.

Online learning offers independence, but that doesn't mean that you're alone. Your instructors are available to answer questions and the University provides online resources and financial assistance to help you succeed. Plus, your classmates will be a source of professional support as you work toward your degree.  

Students come from across the country and around the world. Varied educational and professional backgrounds provide enriching and engaging discussions in which you learn with and from your peers. You grow together as a collegial group which develops life-long friendships. Together you advance your knowledge and improve practices in your field.

Personal connections go beyond the online classroom. You'll make connections and build relationships during professional development conferences, Twins game, program socials, and St. Cloud State athletic games.

As a future-driven educator, you will be prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world. You'll develop both deep disciplinary knowledge and specialized expertise that support successful careers today and into the future. The program utilizes the standards developed by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as its benchmark for professional competencies assessment. 

Your degree will open many doors. Our students and graduates have successfully launched and advanced their careers in a multitude of positions at colleges and universities worldwide. 

Join the Husky Pack today for a fun, challenging, and engaging learning environment that supports your career goals.  Apply Today!

Areas of Study

Higher Education & Student Affairs (Doctor of Education)

Enjoy no out of state tuition fees and selected your own dissertation research topic as you prepare to lead a college or university. 

Higher Education & Student Affairs M.S.

Gain a practicum experience most relevant to your career goals and geographical location.

Higher Education & Student Affairs (Graduate Certificate)

Prepare to lead and serve two-year, four-year, public, and private colleges and universities. You'll explore knowledge and skills within student life, academic affairs, athletics, and administrative divisions.