Welcome to Student Affairs Administration

As a course of instruction in the Reich College of Education's Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC), Appalachian State University's Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration offers emphases in Student Affairs Practice and College Outdoor Programs Administration.

The Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration prepares students to work in a variety of Student Affairs functional areas at colleges and universities. Recent graduates have secured employment in Career Development, First Year Student Programs, Orientation, Residence Life, Service Learning, Student Activities, Leadership Development, Learning Assistance Programs, Academic Advising and many other areas of Student Affairs.

How to Apply

To apply for the Master of Arts degree program in Student Affairs Administration, click here or here

Mission Statement

The graduate program of Student Affairs Administration (SAA) at Appalachian State University sets as its primary mission the development of knowledgeable and skilled professionals for positions of responsibility as practitioners in student affairs or in a related area in the helping professions. An emphasis is placed on mastering the concepts of human development and examining the implications of this knowledge base for the design of educationally appropriate practice.

Students are engaged in active learning which emphasizes academic work and theory that is solidly supplemented by practical work experience within a college and /or university setting. Proceeding from a theoretical construct, classroom instruction integrates experiential learning into a practice which promotes imaginative and creative ways of thinking.

Students benefit from the close educational partnerships between the program faculty and practicing colleagues in the areas of student development and general administration. The applied aspects of the program are aimed at the holistic development of student learners as well as development of leadership, human relations and management competencies.

Finally, students are encouraged and assisted in adopting for themselves a set of personal values and a sense of educational purposefulness which will enable them to lead their institutions with intention and in accordance with the building of humane and inclusive communities.




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