Lewis & Clark College

Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Student Affairs Administration


GSE Admissions
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road

Portland, OR 97219

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The landscape of higher education is rapidly changing and the students entering colleges and universities are increasingly diverse. Graduates of this program are prepared to meet this challenge with creative and innovative leadership, the knowledge and skills to help transform organizations, and a deep commitment to creating learning and living environments that offer all students full access to the benefits of college attendance. Our program focuses on the ways that learning and development occur in and outside the classroom, in all dimensions of life on a college campus. Specifically, our program is concerned with creating intentional, inclusive, democratic communities where diverse student voices are heard and barriers to success are removed. Our graduates foster understanding and respect for diversity and become advocates for the full and equal participation of all students in higher education. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration will be prepared to serve as coordinators, assistant directors, and directors in a wide range of areas related to student affairs administration, including residence life, judicial affairs, multicultural student affairs, student activities, career services, financial aid, academic advising, disability services, Greek life, and many others. In addition to being prepared for entry into mid-level professional positions in colleges and universities, graduates will be uniquely positioned to work in mission-driven units, programs, and institutions with a commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice. The program has been designed in accordance with the Professional Competency Areas jointly developed by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Students who complete the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration will achieve competency in: Advising and Helping; Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Ethical Professional Practice; History, Philosophy, and Values; Human and Organizational Resources; Law, Policy, and Governance; Leadership; Personal Foundations; and Student Learning & Development.


Lewis & Clark is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Graduate programs in education and counseling psychology are approved and accredited by the appropriate associations and agencies including: Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs CACREP, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education COAMFTE, National Association of School Psychologists NASP, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education NCATE*, Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists OBLPCT, Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission TSPC.

International Student Requirements:

Application form and fee, essay, resume, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all colleges attended (official translations and evaluations required), proof of English proficiency.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 39

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $828 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 14904 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 14904 USD

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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