Student Affairs in Higher Education Master of Science (M.S.) in Student Affairs in Higher Education

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall semester June 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

The student affairs in higher education master's degree requires that applicants have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • GRE scores are not required

While not required, undergraduate activities in student affairs or other leadership experiences are important to the application. Volunteer work after a bachelor's degree is earned is also helpful. Meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic experience and completion of an admissions interview.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Statement of purpose
    The Statement of purpose is a summary of long-term professional or personal goals and is required for all applicants. Your statement should be written in 12-point font, double-spaced and include the following:
    • Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans
    • Why you have selected CSU as the place to pursue your graduate studies
    • A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications
  • Application questions
    These questions are included in the online application and you will provide your answers in a text box for each question. We suggest drafting your responses in another document and cutting and pasting your writing into the text box. Please be aware that each answer in limited to 350 words.
    • Describe why you are interested in student affairs. How will a graduate degree in student affairs benefit you and your practice?
    • What can your faculty and classmates expect from you in the online class experience and in other academically-related activities?
    • Explain how your grade point average and course of study reflect your ability to academically succeed in a graduate program.
    • What significant experiences have informed your critical reflection on, and active commitment to, diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice?
  • Resume
    Include any previous experience in student affairs and other relevant work experiences, along with position titles, dates of employment, institutions, and major responsibilities.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Provide three letters of recommendation, which should comment on your ability to do graduate work and your student affairs professional practice. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
    • We recommend selecting three references that are a current or former supervisor, a faculty member, and a student affairs professional.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for transcripts to move your application forward.

  • Select "Student Affairs in Higher Education (M.S.) – Distance" when choosing the program of study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to:

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

5 Interview for Admission

After the initial screening of applications by the SAHE faculty, candidates are contacted to set up 30-minute telephone interviews. This is also an opportunity for you to gain more information about the program.

The selection committee, comprised of SAHE faculty members who are also advisors in the program, conducts the program interviews.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Selection Timeline
Applications will be reviewed after the June 1 deadline. Admit decisions will be made by late July.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

Students are exempted from the English proficiency requirement if the official language of their country is English or if they have recently earned a degree at an American university.