University of Southern California

Rossier School of Education

Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA)


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program will prepare you for a variety of professional roles in higher education adminis­tration and student affairs. Our graduates work in two and four-year institutions, public research universities, private liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools and for-profit institutions. Through the combination of coursework, supervised field­work and either the Master’s Seminar or Thesis option, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and perspectives essential for success in a range of higher education settings.  The program provides students with the opportunity to gain expertise in one of three different elective tracks: Student Affairs, Athletic Administration, and Academic Advising.


Distinctive Program Benefits:

Exceptional quality from one of the top-ranked programs: USC Rossier ranks #4 in national higher education programs.

Career focused elective tracks: Choose electives focusing on student affairs, academic advising or athletics.

Strategic fieldwork placements

Identify a supervised internship with the assistance of a dedicated placement coordinator.

Practitioner-Scholar Faculty

Learn from professors who have real-world experience in a variety of local higher education institutions.

Research opportunities

Complete on an optional thesis under the direction of a faculty chair.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 41

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1733/unit USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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