Higher Education and Student Affairs (MA)

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Program Description

The Master of Arts program in Higher Education and Student Affairs blends academic study with practice through intensive internships at NYU and throughout the New York City metropolitan area. Part-time students combine academic study with their practice in current higher education positions.

The Master of Arts program allows students to select a program of study from a wide range of interdisciplinary courses. The 36-credit program includes 21 required credits in higher education and 15 credits in electives, some of which may be taken outside the program. Students also have the option of selecting an unofficial area of study in order to design a course plan around one of the following areas: student affairs, administration and academic affairs, international education, and social justice.

Academic coursework is applied to practice through a two-year internship taken in the first years of study unless the individual is currently working in the field. During the final semester of study, students must complete a capstone project that integrates student experiences in the program into a portfolio that communicates their developing areas of interest. Full-time students generally complete the master’s degree in two years or fewer.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.