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Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Psychology: Higher Education Student Personnel Administration (HESPA)

The graduate program in Higher Education Student Personnel Administration prepares individuals to become student affairs educators whose special interests are college students and the achievement of their individual, academic, and career goals.

Why

The HESPA program is for those interested in taking leadership positions within the rapidly changing world of higher education.

William James College integrates rigorous academic instruction with field education and professional development assistance. We believe that the best learning environment for future higher education leaders comes from integrating classroom knowledge with hands-on experience.

The curriculum provides for an understanding of theory, training, and practice of higher education and student affairs.

We emphasize the development of professionals who are committed to the ethical provisions of quality services through the development of multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills.

Who

The HESPA program is for indivduals interested in building 21st-century models of higher education communities.

Individuals completing graduate study in the specialized area of higher education and student affairs frequently subsequently assume any one of a variety of important functional roles in colleges or universities.

  • Director of Housing and/or Residence Life
  • Director of Student Union
  • Student Activities Director
  • Student Counselor
  • Athletics Counselor/Administrator
  • Career Development Advisor
  • Orientation Program Leader
  • Enrollment Management Administrator
  • Racial and Ethnic Minority Support Services Coordinator
  • Greek-life Coordinator
  • Retention and Assessment Personnel
  • Dean of Students/Director of Student Life
  • Director of Admissions
What

  •  1-year full-time and 2-year part-time master degree program.
  • 30 credits total
  • Must complete an 80-hour practicum and Capstone project.

Where

 This program is offered online only.

When

 Entry into this program is in the Fall (August) and Spring (January).

Career Outlook

Individuals completing graduate study in the specialized area of higher education and student affairs frequently subsequently assume any one of a variety of important functional roles in colleges or universities.

  • Director of Housing and/or Residence Life
  • Director of Student Union 
  • Student Activities Director
  • Student Counselor
  • Athletics Counselor/Administrator
  • Career Development Advisor
  • Orientation Program Leader
  • Enrollment Management Administrator
  • Racial and Ethnic Minority Support Services Coordinator
  • Greek-life Coordinator 
  • Retention and Assessment Personnel
  • Dean of Students/Director of Student Life
  • Director of Admissions

Karen Hruska

For questions, please contact Faculty Coordinator, Karen Hruska