Assistantships & Applied Learning

3-5 Unique Applied Learning Experiences

The applied learning emphasis invites students to explore the field in either breadth or depth and provides context for discovering which areas of student affairs and academic affairs align best with students' interests and skill sets. Further, it adds to students' employability upon graduation and aids students in the job search and selection process.

During a student's time in the program, they are required to complete at least three different practice-based experiences:

Type of ExperienceHour RequirementSemester When It OccursAssociated Academic Course
Graduate Assistantship20 hours/weekall four semestersN/A
Practicum100 hourssecond and/or third semesterHPC 5900: Practicum in Student Affairs
Internship225 hoursfourth semesterHPC 6900: Internship in Student Affairs

Additionally, students have the option to engage in two more experiences (second practicum & summer experience) as electives. Combining these experiences, students graduate with over 1700 hours of working with students, colleagues, and groups!

Student Affairs Administration faculty collaborate with over 30 student affairs and academic affairs offices and departments on campus to offer these applied learning experiences. Program educational partners include but are not limited to:

ACPA/NASPA (2015, 2016) Competencies for Student Affairs Educators

The App State Student Affairs Administration master's program curriculum utilizes the ACPA/NASPA (2015, 2016) Competencies for Student Affairs Educators as a framework. These competencies are viewed as integral to student affairs practice and the curriculum is designed for students to reach foundational levels in each competency area through the combination of coursework, applied learning experiences, and the comprehensive product of learning process.