Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-SP

Major Code: HEA

HEGIS 0826

Higher Education Administration Department

Kimberly A. Kline, Chair

Bacon Hall 214C, (716) 878-3789


Mission: The Higher Education Administration department at Buffalo State is to prepare exceptional student affairs scholar-practitioners for careers in higher education. We are guided by promoting aces and learning within the context of a diverse student body. Our graduates possess knowledge and skills with an ethic of care to facilitate learning and development in students.

Vision: The Higher Education Administration Department (HEA) is clearly focused on one of the most distinguished programs of its kind in the United States. Concentrated on serving the educational needs of a diverse student body through a flexible program with evolving and updated curricula, the HEA department challenges students to become lifelong learners and leaders in the administration of student affairs, academic support services, and other administrative/teaching areas at the postsecondary level. As the demographics of higher education change in the 21st century, the program will provide highly prepared leaders including underrepresented groups to serve the nations institutions of higher learning at the highest levels. Many students will continue their intellectual and personal development through doctoral programs and as scholar-practitioners.

Students may focus on courses and internships in four concentration areas: administration and management, counseling and development, social justice, research and evaluation or a general focus.

Internships: The internship represents the application of theory in a practical setting.. This vehicle for diversified professional training encompasses research, planning, organization and ethical applications.

Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are available in student affairs, academic affairs and other areas within higher education. For college-wide assistantship opportunities, visit http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/assistantships.

Professional Organizations: HESAA graduates gain mentoring, networking, and professional development support through national, regional and local organizations.

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 36 credit hours are needed for degree completion: 27 credit hours of required coursework and 9 hours of electives. After completing 6 to 12 credit hours, students apply for degree candidacy and are subject to continuous review by the faculty to ensure adherence to professional standards. The required comprehensive examination must be completed prior to graduation.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree but do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted if they either attain a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or are accepted by the faculty under provisional status.
  2. Consideration may be given to work-related experience and involvement in the field.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, of which at least one must be from a former faculty/instructor who can speak to your academic and classroom performance and one must be from a professional who works in student affairs or the field of higher education
  4. A written essay indicating reasons for interest in the program. This will be evaluated as a writing sample.
  5. A current résumé.
  6. An interview with HEA program faculty may be required.
  7. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

27 cr

HEA 616

American Higher Education

HEA 617

Student Development and Learning

HEA 618

Student Personnel Administration

HEA 620

Planning and Finance in Higher Education

HEA 622

Techniques of Counseling I

HEA 624

Internship/Practicum I

HEA 625

Internship/Practicum II

HEA 650

Student Assessment Tests

HEA 689

Methods of Educational Research

Comprehensive Examination (offered in November and April; 0 cr)

Elective Courses1

9 cr

Select three courses from any of the following areas:

A. Administration

HEA 504

Community College Administration

HEA 619

Management Systems and Leadership in Higher Education

HEA 651

The Law and Higher Education

HEA 670

The College Student Movement 1955–1975

B. Counseling and Student Development

HEA 623

Counseling II

HEA 630

Group Counseling

HEA 632

Vocational Development and Career Counseling

HEA 670

The College Student Movement 1955–1975

HEA 711

Seminar in Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy

C. Community Education

HEA 504

Community College Administration

HEA 619

Management Systems and Leadership in Higher Education

HEA 632

Vocational Development and Career Counseling

HEA 670

The College Student Movement 1955–1975

D. Research and Evaluation

HEA 690

Master’s Project

HEA 695

Thesis; may be substituted for Master’s Project (6)

SPF 520

Educational Statistics I (Descriptive and Inferential)

E. Any Concentration Area

HEA 590

Independent Study (if research-based)

HEA 690

Master’s Project

Other elective courses may be selected from related courses/workshops in various disciplines or interdisciplinary areas with adviser approval.

*Can apply to other concentrations

Total Required Credit hours

36 cr

1Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Career Preparation: Through collaboration with alumni in the field, college departments, professionals in the field, curricular and co-curricular activities support planning and preparation for a professional career in higher education.

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Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

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Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

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Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

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Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

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Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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