University of San Francisco

School of Education

Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs


2130 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Prepare for a professional career in student affairs and leadership in higher education.

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) combines a rigorous academic curriculum which includes practicum experiences in various areas of student life, arranged in collaboration with the USF Division of Student Life.

Program Schedule

Consistent with the School of Education's commitment to serve working adults, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester. Classes are typically held Thursday evenings, Friday evenings and all day Saturday.

Program Cornerstones:

  • An integrated approach to issues of equity and access in higher education.
  • A commitment to social justice emphasized throughout coursework and co-curricular experiences.
  • A practicum component, which places students in diverse learning environments within student affairs and promotes the development of concrete practical skills and reflective learning.
  • An optional paid internship opportunity, which can provide a compensation package offered by the USF Division of Student Life.

“The social justice education component is something that I value most about the HESA program. It adds meaning and purpose to the work I'm pursuing and allows me to see the bigger picture. Joining a program that would afford me the opportunity to merge theory and practice was essential to my decision to attend USF.” - Amiya Powell-Hodge, Higher Education & Student Affairs Alumna


USF is a founding member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has been accredited by WASC since the 1940s.

International Student Requirements:


Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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