About This Program

Curriculum

Sample Class topics include:

  • Legal Issues
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Management
  • Special Population Serving Institutions
  • Research
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Supervision
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Development and Fundraising

This program is completed in 42 credits.

View the whole curriculum here.

Admissions Contact

Danielle Clough
Senior Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions
dclough@springfield.edu
(413) 748-3729

Contact

Kari Taylor
Director of Student Affairs Administration Program
Department of Education
(413) 748-3325
ktaylor12@springfield.edu

Assistantships

For more information on assistantships, please contact Kari Taylor.

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The Springfield College Student Affairs Administration master's program provides the academic knowledge and practical experience to best prepare you to excel in the student affairs field.

College Student Development

Our program focuses on developing robust professional leadership skills for the 21st century and beyond, including advising, management, counseling, and supervision. You will be prepared to engage, educate, and improve the lives of college students.

Make a Transformative Difference

We have a commitment to excellence grounded in the institutional mission of educating the whole student in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Springfield College has the intimacy of a small campus, but with the access to gain experience at larger institutions and community colleges in the nearby vicinity.

Challenge Yourself

The seminar-style courses allow you to individualize course assignments and link course concepts to your unique career goals. We view learning as ongoing practice and professional development, not a one-time performance, so we continuously invite students to be authentic and engage in honest, open dialogue about real-world issues that student affairs practitioners face.

Wide and Diverse Opportunities

Graduates of this program have gone on to work in a wide range of student affairs functional areas, including residence life, student activities, multicultural affairs, career services, recreation and wellness, and academic advising, and at every type of institution throughout the United States and beyond.

Springfield College Graduate Corinna Kraemer Honored by NECPA and NASPA-CT

Springfield College graduate student Corinna Kraemer has been named both the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA) Graduate Student of the Year for 2020, and she also was named the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA-CT) Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner. Kraemer is a recent alumnae of the Springfield College Student Affairs Administration Program, and she currently serves as an academic advisor at Goodwin University in Connecticut.

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2018 New England College Personnel Association (NECPA) Pillar of Mentorship

Award Winning Faculty

Dr. Patrick Love serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs, Program Director of the Student Affairs Administration Program, and a Professor of Psychology at Springfield College. In 2018, Dr. Love was awarded the 2018 New England College Personnel Association Pillar of Mentorship. This award recognizes a senior-level professional who has shown an exceptional commitment to the field of Higher Education through service in leadership.

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Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall and spring terms only.

  • Students accepted to the program for Spring term should contact Dr. Kari Taylor (ktaylor12@springfield.edu) to discuss assistantship options.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

The priority deadline for Fall 2023 applicants is January 15, 2023. Please apply by this date to receive optimal consideration for a graduate assistantship.

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe how you came to be interested in student affairs, your career goals in the field, and why you have chosen to apply to Springfield College.

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

It is recommended that at least one of your letters is from a faculty or staff member able to speak specifically to your academic abilities and potential. 

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at intladmissions@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload their letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Traditional Program Course Projections

Subject to change

  • First Fall Semester
    • Introduction to Student Affairs
    • Assessment, Research, and Data-informed Decision-making
    • Principles of Counseling 
    • Diversity, Equity & Social Justice
  • First Spring Semester
    • Counseling Diverse Populations
    • Student Learning and Development
    • Higher Education Leadership, Legal Issues, and Policy
    • Fieldwork

Summer: Possible Fieldwork (if necessary)

  • Second Fall Semester
    • Higher Education Finance, Resource Management, and Administration
    • Counseling Practicum
    • Elective
  • Second Spring Semester
    • Student Affairs Across the Spectrum
    • Capstone Seminar and Portfolio
    • Fieldwork (if necessary)

View more about the curriculum in the catalog

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The priority deadline for Fall 2023 applicants is January 15, 2023. Please apply by this date to receive optimal consideration for a graduate assistantship.

Graduate Program Courses $1,138 per credit
Approximate total cost (42 credits) $47,796
Approximate total cost for students who hold a Graduate Associateship position at Springfield College $6,630
Graduate Student Fee* $396
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2022-23 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $21
  • Community Engagement Fee: $36
  • Recreation Fee: $324
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $87.50 per semester.

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