College of Community and Public Affairs
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration
The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration degree program is suited for those who wish to pursue careers in higher education. The program is grounded in both student development theory and the concept of theory-to-practice-to-theory. Thus, an underlying goal of the program is to prepare professionals who have working knowledge of how student development theory is used in practice and how practice serves to inform future theory development.
The program seeks prepare administrative leaders and personnel who are comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds in positions that require decision-makers to respond to department/unit situations while taking into consideration how their decisions impact other systems (such as departments and/or divisions) within the institution.
The 45 minimum credit-hour program serves the needs of students who desire to pursue graduate studies in either full- or part-time tracks. The curriculum includes 15 credit hours of core student affairs required coursework, a 3-credit hour research methods course, 24 credits of electives and a minimum 3-credit hour internship.
Through the program, students complete internships, which give opportunities to apply theory and acquire practical skills while working under the guidance of experienced practitioners. Students often also seek out graduate assistantships — which provide additional practical experiences, as well as financial support packages — through the offices in the Binghamton University Division of Student Affairs. These internships and graduate assistantships help students to explore specific areas of interest within the field of student affairs administration. The faculty encourages involvement and participation in professional organizations, conferences and trainings, which further immerse students in the field while they are completing their graduate studies.
The program also supports the Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA). This student-led organization aims to provide support and services that encourage personal, professional and community development to current students and alumni.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize Suburb
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999