Learn to effectively blend theory, research and best practices from coursework and supervised experiences to become a transformational leader in 21st-century higher education.
Our renowned higher education and student affairs master’s program has a 50-year history of preparing entry and mid-level professionals for successful administrative careers in colleges and universities. Students have the unique opportunity to apply for serving as co-instructors for a section of the award-winning University 101 program.
An Exceptional Faculty
Learn from a faculty that includes full-time and affiliate members who are practicing administrators.
Work with top leaders through graduate assistantships, internships and college-supervised learning experiences.
Join one of the most established programs in the nation — one that features a large network of alumni around the globe.
Graduate with professional competencies that align with the ACPA/NASPA.
What You’ll Study
Courses emphasize topics related to the philosophy of higher education and student affairs, with an emphasis on social justice, student development and institutional administration. Learn to apply theory to practice, including conditions that facilitate student learning within contemporary trends and contexts. Engage in learning opportunities that advance your goals.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations
Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Educational Leader
Job Titles of Alumni
- Academic Advisor
- Assistant Director for Residence Life
- Executive Director
- Assistant Dean of Admissions
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $79,070
- Information Technology
- Health Care
Employers of Alumni
- University of South Carolina
- Midlands Technical College
- Greenville Technical College
- Capital One
- Spartanburg Community College
- University of Delaware