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

Learning Experience

The M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education is delivered via our learning management system, Canvas. The system allows you to watch annotated PowerPoint lectures, engage in course content, and communicate with peers online. Courses are asynchronous, allowing you to study at the time that best fits your schedule. In your courses, you will:

  • View videos and annotated PowerPoints online
  • Download and review lecture notes
  • Complete assigned and optional readings
  • Communicate and exchange ideas with instructors and fellow students through chat rooms, threaded discussions, and email
  • Complete individual projects and collaborate on group projects
  • Study for and complete exams
  • Write course-related papers
  • Participate in practicum experiences to apply and enhance your learning

Students are required to complete one practicum experience throughout their coursework. These practicums develop and enhance skills and abilities related to the student affairs profession. A practicum can be completed in a variety of locations; from down the street to thousands of miles away. You can use various types of colleges/universities and a range of student affairs offices for your practicum experiences. Here are some reflections from past student experiences outside of the US:

Although the online format of this degree offers flexibility, it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus graduate program. Depending on your learning and studying style, expect to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three-credit course.

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  • See how an online education from Colorado State has allowed students to fit education into their lives, how faculty work with students, and how coursework has directly impacted their work.

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