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Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (UW–La Crosse)

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Welcome to the Student Affairs Administration (SAA) in Higher Education master's degree program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! Although the name has changed over the years, the SAA program was established in the mid-1960's and has a rich student affairs history. In addition to our traditional On-campus program, we are excited to offer our Online program which started in May, 2007. We received the "official word" that our Online program was also granted NCA accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in October, 2007. In fact, we may be one of two or three accredited Online student affairs programs in the country!

Using a theory to practitioner model, the mission of the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education master's degree program is to prepare student affairs professionals with the competencies to work effectively within the complex political, economic, cultural, and social contexts of higher education. Our graduates get positions in Admissions, Advising, Career Services, Deans of Students and Judicial Affairs Offices, Financial Aid, International Education, Multicultural Services, Registrars, Residence Life, Student Unions, University Centers and other student affairs offices in higher education institutions across the country. The practical experience that our students receive while in the program has been a important aspect of our high job placement rate for our graduates for many years and even more so in our current tough economy.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is whether to apply to the SAA Online or On-Campus program. My response is that if you have little or no experience in a higher education setting, then you should strongly consider the On-Campus program because the combination of internships and graduate assistantships will provide you with great professional experience in addition to making you more marketable in your job search. Our Online curriculum is geared towards individuals currently working in a higher education setting as demonstrated by our class discussions, activities, and assignments. Our current students have indicated that a strength of the Online program is the sharing of information and experiences from other campuses and the engaging presence of our faculty. Please make sure to read the FAQ's on this website to learn even more about both programs.

Students are required to complete an internship experience in a student affairs setting for a minimum of 210 hours during a semester period. This course can be taken either semester after completing the first year in the program. Students may request a "waiver" for SAA 781 if they have worked in a student affairs position in a higher education setting for a minimum of one academic year (or equivalent). Students who must complete the Internship may do so anytime after completing the first three semesters of coursework. Students are responsible for securing the internship and should contact the SAA Program Director for more information about this process.

Total credits required for completion: 43

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

(a) An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.85 on a 4.00 scale, or
(b) An average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or
(c) An average of at least 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school

Departmental or school/college approval to enter the graduate program chosen (in this case, the SAA program)

The SAA program does not require the GRE or other tests for admission to the program.

Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

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