This online program is designed to provide a foundational understanding of student affairs as a field of practice and inquiry in higher education. Distinct features of the program are emphases on diversity, inclusion, social justice, and college student counseling and development. Students have opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and skills within a one semester internship (3 credit hours) and to learn from graduate students in other programs and colleges.
The program prepares students for careers in higher education, including work in residence life, admissions, new student orientation, financial aid, counseling centers, advising centers, career planning and placement, developmental learning services, advocacy and support programs (e.g., for students of color, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender students, veterans, women, international students, adults) and services for students with disabilities.
Out of town, working full-time, or need flexibility for family? This program affords maximum convenience through a fully online format.
A three credit hour internship is required as the capstone to the program. Students can work at colleges and universities anywhere in the country or can apply to work in a student affairs office at Roosevelt University.
Roosevelt University was one of the first colleges in the United States to admit students regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity. Our exceptionally diverse student body and faculty will provide you with valuable strategies for cross-cultural communication.
Several of the courses in this program are grounded in best practices in college counseling. This counseling framework provides a unique lens on college students and leadership in student affairs.
You’ll develop the skills needed to foster learning and growth in college students, and you’ll learn to lead proactively in college and university settings. You can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging and intensive discussions and small group projects, and a substantial internship experience that will prepare you for a career in higher education.
Students demonstrate the mindsets, beliefs, and basic skills needed to grow into professionals and foster college student growth and learning.
Students demonstrate the content knowledge required for success in Student Affairs Leadership.
Students demonstrate increasing effectiveness implementing key skills in planning, communicating, organizing, and leadership.
Consistent with the mission and values of Roosevelt University, students advocate effectively for themselves and others and develop the skills necessary to advance in their profession.