Concordia makes your career in higher education possible

Chances are you’ve benefited greatly from somebody with a master's degree in higher education. Think of your life as a student, and you’ll understand exactly how important professionals in this field can be to student success. From resident life and student activities to academic advising, campus ministry, and more, our program allows you the opportunity to become a leader in academia and make a positive difference in today’s high schools, colleges, and universities.

Cost Per Credit$669
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Program Overview

A Master of Science in student personnel administration in higher education (SPAHE) will prepare you in mind, body, and spirit – through courses grounded in student affairs – to provide you with a better understanding of how to bring your “whole self” to your profession. Whether you’re an associate dean, a director in admission, or a leader in resident life, you’ll graduate from this program with a strong understanding of how to be the kind of servant-leader students and faculty need.

Academic Community Partnership

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education has a reputation for helping public, private, charter, and other school systems meet the needs of their students in the most comprehensive way possible. This is not only an exclusive partnership; we simply believe in providing opportunities to increase teacher capacity, improve leadership development, and impact student success.

Applicants of the SPAHE program may be eligible for Academic Community Partnerships. Benefits include: 

  • Partner with a local university that has an excellent academic and ethical reputation
  • We come to you – meet with our team to customize a program or professional development that fits each districts’ unique needs
  • Meet educational objectives and enhance faculty expertise with highly respected, fully accredited programs in a wide range of graduate degrees, licensure programs, and technology options
  • Face-to-face cohorts or diverse online programs to meet your busy schedule. We provide expert instructors and consultants and draw on research-based practices through our rigorous accredited programs
  • Professional development connected to university credit
  • Receive $450 per eligible graduate course or $150 per eligible adult accelerated course
What to Expect

Our higher education master's program is designed for professionals seeking to create a world-class environment in universities and colleges. It may be completed in one year by doubling up courses, or two to three years if you're seeking a slower pace. Additionally, our curriculum allows you to take one Ed.D. course as an elective and seamlessly transition into our online doctorate in education.

You’ll study the basics of student affairs administration and learn how generational, social, racial, ethnic, and religious diversity impacts the campus environment. You’ll also gain an understanding of the legal issues that crop up between public and private institutions and their governing boards, administrators, faculty, student affairs staff, and governmental bodies. Our curriculum explores higher education law, the role of law on campus, and the relationship between the law and the work in student affairs and athletics. We've integrated field experience into various course assignments and internship opportunities, and we have intentionally selected a wide array of instructors from different colleges and universities. Not only will you build a holistic, Christ-centered foundation in higher education, but you'll build a robust professional network.

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