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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education Student Affairs Administration

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The Master of Science in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) prepares its graduates for careers in a range of academic, residential, and co-curricular settings.

The HESAA curriculum integrates psychological theory, interdisciplinary electives, and supervised work experience to provide a solid foundation for entering or advancing a career in student affairs. Students benefit from teaching by Nazareth’s psychology, management, and education faculty as well as from supervision by student affairs professionals and by being on our small, student-focused campus.

Students in the HESAA program:

  • Learn how college students develop as individuals and within a socio-cultural context.
  • Learn to recognize how organizational dynamics and human resource management affect a college.
  • Learn about forces that shape higher education, its changing nature, and the role it plays in a multicultural society.
  • Develop professional skills through two 150-hour structured internships.
  • Integrate multiple perspectives and disciplines into their professional practice and problem solving.
  • Develop skills and competency in the use, design, and conduct of research/assessment that can inform and strengthen professional practice in student affairs.

The program aligns with the recommendations for practice from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Education (CAS) and the professional competencies of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Program Director
Diane Enerson, Ph.D.
(585) 389-2380


  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term.
      • An applicant who does not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in his/her professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, ideally one academic and one professional.
  5. Resume
  6. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the Program Director.

Application Deadline
February 1  for Fall Term
Rolling admissions, with preference given to applications completed by February 1st.
Cohort model program with Fall semester start date only. 
Applications received after February 1st will be processed on a space-available basis.


  Fall Spring

HESAA*501 Introduction to Higher Education (3 credits)

HESAA*503 Student Development in Socio-Cultural Context (3 credits)

HESAA*505 Student Affairs Organization (3 credits)

HESAA*502 Introduction to Higher Education (3 credits)

HESAA*504 Student Development in College (3 credits)

Elective #1 (3 credits)


HRM*520 Introduction to HR 


HRM*535 Organiz Dev and Change


HRM*540 Talent Acq and Retention

(3 credits)

HESAA*595 Internship/Practicum I (3 credits)

Elective #2 (3 credits)

HESAA*596 Internship/Practicum II (3 credits)

HESAA*590 Assessment and Research: Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Elective #3 (3 credits)



Internship/Practicum (6 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

Students must complete three elective courses. Elective courses are selected from a variety of different graduate course offering throughout the College.  A list of those that have already been approved as elective options is provided below or can be searched for in NazNet by term using the HESAA attribute option. The list includes courses in psychology, management, education, human resource management, and social work as well as an independent studies option.


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