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Working as a college student affairs professional is challenging, rewarding, and always changing. The MEd in College Student Affairs Administration offers theoretically grounded, experientially rich preparation for a career serving students in higher education.

Building on a legacy of more than 40 years as a leading student affairs program, the program offers an exceptional graduate experience based on a cohort model and taught by nationally recognized faculty. The curriculum focuses on student development and learning, and the connection of theory to practice. Learning takes place through traditional academic study and research, and through experiential activities including assistantships, practica, and internships.

Program Highlights

  1. Full-time, 2-year, cohort-based program
  2. Practicum and internship with nearly 500 hours of experience
  3. Graduate assistantships available at UGA
  4. Department consistently ranked in top three programs by U.S. News & World Report
  5. Six full-time faculty members, all with student affairs experience

Deadline to Apply

December 1st

Faculty and Curriculum

As a College Student Affairs Administration student, you will learn skills in human development; interpersonal facilitation; group leadership; equity, diversity, and inclusion; assessment; and administrative principles. These capabilities will help you work more effectively with diverse college students in higher education organizations.

Your coursework makes up about two-thirds of your time in the MEd program. You will also complete a practicum experience at UGA or nearby institution as well as a full-time internship. The internship takes place during the summer at institutions across the country (and sometimes internationally). While you are not required to hold an assistantship as part of your coursework, most of our students have the opportunity to gain additional experience by working in student affairs areas within UGA.

Faculty assess your learning and development based on your academic performance, evaluations by site supervisors, and a comprehensive examination in the second year.

This program is two academic years with a summer internship following your first year. Your coursework includes:

  • Foundations of college student affairs administration
  • Interpersonal and group facilitation and interventions
  • Theories of college student development and environments
  • College student affairs interventions
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion in student affairs
  • Administration in college student affairs
  • Legal issues in student affairs
  • Program evaluation and outcomes assessment

This program has six full-time faculty members, all experienced as practitioners, who devote their time to instruction. In addition, senior administrators in student affairs at the University of Georgia and other nearby institutions take an active role in your courses. Our program enjoys a close relationship with the UGA Division of Student Affairs.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Learn with a cohort of about 20 students, which offers both academic and social support. You will enroll in classes dedicated only to master's students; doctoral students serve as teaching interns with the faculty for some classes and become valued mentors.

Leadership and professional development is offered through the UGA Student Personnel Association. This is a student-led organization that serves as a social and educational group for students, staff, and faculty in the master's and doctoral programs. The association hosts tailgates, speakers, panels, socials, and an end-of-year celebration.

We accept graduate students from a variety of backgrounds into the program. This diversity of experiences and skills gives you the opportunity to learn inside and out of the classroom and to build professional relationships that can last your entire career.

Targeted seminars focus on first semester transition to graduate study, preparation for comprehensive exams, and professional development/job search skills.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MEd in College Student Affairs Administration

To apply, please follow the steps below:

  1. All materials will be submitted through the Graduate School application process.
  2. Include in your graduate school application your statement of purpose and resume.
    • You are free to choose the focus of your statement, but be sure to include your reason(s) for pursuing this graduate degree, as well as the values you hold and how you have enacted them. Additionally, what characteristics or perspectives will you contribute to a diverse cohort?
  3. Indicate in your graduate school application the email addresses for your references. They will be sent a link to submit their letters of recommendation electronically.
  4. Send GRE scores to Graduate Admissions via ETS; ETS code for UGA is 5813. No departmental code is required. (MAT scores will also be accepted.)
  5. Apply for graduate assistantships; the process runs separately from program application/admission and is coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs. More information about graduate assistantships.

Note: Enrollment is limited to about 20 students to ensure a low student/faculty ratio. The application deadline is December 1st for admission the following fall semester (students are admitted for fall semester only). After initial application review, invitations will be extended for interviews to be held in February. Interviews for academic program admission and for assistantships are held on the same days.

Also: Please note that when you initiate your application through the Graduate School (submit the online application and fee), an email will be sent to your references with a link to compete and submit an electronic reference. Be sure to apply early enough that your references have time to submit their recommendations prior to the December 1st deadline. If you wait until the deadline to apply, your references will be late and your application will be considered incomplete.

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
December 1st

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