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MA, Counseling, Concentration: Higher Education and Student Affairs

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) concentration prepares students for careers in higher education. The curriculum encompasses broad themes in the history and development of higher education and includes the study of counseling/advising, diversity, policy, student affairs, student development theory and leadership/organizational development.

You will learn from distinguished faculty members who have deep knowledge in areas that are impacting higher education today: access and equity, diversity and ethnic identity, civic engagement and organizational leadership. HESA faculty members are especially known for their expertise in serving first-generation Latina/o students. You will also gain valuable experience through two HESA-specific semester-long internships.

HESA courses are aligned with the Counsel for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

Please note: This specific concentration does not lead to a counseling license.

For additional information, please contact or 303-315-6300.

Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 39 graduate semester hours. Most of our classes take place Monday - Thursday in three hour blocks beginning at either 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. However, core and prerequisite classes are offered starting at 3:30pm on a consistent basis. Some classes meet on weekends (Friday evening or Saturday during the day) or in a hybrid format.​ Very few classes will be available fully online.

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Students in this concentration are prepared for careers as:

  • Student affairs and college student services professionals including the areas of: academic advising, Greek life, residential life and student programing
  • Leaders at colleges/universities

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