Student Affairs Administration
About This Program
For more information on assistantships, please contact Kari Taylor.
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This program is completed in 42 credits.
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The MEd in Student Affairs Administration at Springfield College 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.
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.
This program enrolls students in the fall and spring terms only.
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.
Admission for Fall 2023 is rolling. Applicants who plan to enroll on a full-time basis should apply as soon as possible to receive 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.
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 email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. 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 (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.
The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
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
Summer: Possible Fieldwork (if necessary)
- Second Fall Semester
- Higher Education Finance, Resource Management, and Administration
- Counseling Practicum
- Second Spring Semester
- Student Affairs Across the Spectrum
- Capstone Seminar and Portfolio
- Fieldwork (if necessary)
Admission for fall 2023 is rolling. Applicants who plan to enroll on a full-time basis should apply as soon as possible to receive consideration for a graduate fellow or assistantship.