M.S. in Higher Education

The M.S. in Higher Education prepares higher education professional for work in a variety of academic, student affairs, and administrative settings at two-year and four-year institutions. Students are prepared to advise, counsel, and develop curricular and co-curricular programs that enhance college students’ learning to develop key institutional partnerships. Our program has a widespread reputation for innovation, leadership, and promotion of programs and practices that facilitate college student learning. Syracuse's Higher Education programs push beyond traditional approaches, often extending and challenging conventional wisdom about current educational practices.

All students enrolled in the master’s program at Syracuse University will obtain a solid foundation on how to apply theories of student development and learning to administrative, programming, advising, policy-making, and faculty roles on behalf of students from diverse groups at varied institutions of higher education.

Higher Education works closely with Syracuse's Student Affairs, to mentor and support our students and develop close professional relationships. They provide graduate assistantship sites, serve as practica/ internship supervisors, and offer other volunteer opportunities to learn more about the integral roles they play in supporting and shaping students’ college experiences at Syracuse University.

Our courses and programs activities align with standards and expectations outlined in the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education Master's Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs and ACPA and NASPA Profesional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners. Full-time students are required to enroll for a minimum of two years. Part-time students take a minimum of 9 credits/year. 

Program Contact

Cathy Engstrom, Program Coordinator
Lisa Battalino, Office Coordinator

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