About This Program


Through our innovative modular curriculum, we are able to offer an emphasis on a broader range of necessary professional competencies as identified by the two major student affairs organizations (NASPA and ACPA). At our core are counseling, advising, and helping skills.

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.


Patrick Love, Ph.D
Director of Student Affairs Administration Program
Department of Psychology
(413) 748-3100


We prepare you with skills in advising, management, counseling, supervision, program development, and budgeting. We prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including small colleges, community colleges, and big universities. And, we prepare you to become a leader who makes transformative differences in the lives of college students. 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 through academic and experiential opportunities to engage, educate and improve the lives of college students.

Make a Transformative Difference

The concentration curriculum provides the academic knowledge and practical experience to best prepare you to excel in the higher education field. 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

We integrate a rigorous experience both in and out of the classroom with the joy of working directly with students. Experienced faculty, as well as full-time professionals and executive administrators teach our innovative and comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum encompasses the integration of theory-informed practice, counseling and helping competencies, leadership and management skills, and social justice and dismantling systems of oppression and marginalization.

Wide and Diverse Opportunities

Graduates of this program have gone on to work in every student affairs functional area, 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.

Patrick Love, PhD, discusses the benefits of enrolling in the Student Affairs Administration masters program at Springfield College.

Springfield College Graduate Student Briana Petrucelli Named NECPA March Student Profile

Springfield College graduate student Briana Petrucelli was recognized by the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA) as its Graduate Student Spotlight for the month of March. She was recognized for her efforts and contributions to the Springfield College Student Affairs Administration Program and Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship.

Briana Petrucelli's headshots for her award by the New England College Personnel Association
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.

Patrick Love headshot.
Priority Deadline is December 15, 2020.

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