Western Michigan University

College of Education

Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) Leadership


Office of Admissions and Orientation

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) Leadership, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This 39-credit hour master's program was designed to meet the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. It emphasizes a broad-based higher education and leadership focus. Unique to this program is an emphasis on diversity in higher education, including a required course on "diversity and equity in higher ed," as well as a required, individualized diversity cognate for all students. This diversity cognate can be fulfilled by traditional classroom based courses, travel abroad, participation in focused workshops/conferences, and independent studies. The program has one 300-clock hour field experience, and one 100 -clock hour Capstone experience. As part of the Capstone, students develop a final portfolio that captures the best learning and experiences during their master's program.


WMU and the program has all the necessary accreditations at the national and regional levels.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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