Wayne Hall 902
125 W. Rosedale Ave
West Chester, PA 19383
Dear Prospective Students,
Welcome to the West Chester Master of Science degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs.
More than likely, you are seeking out this degree program so you can make a difference in the lives of college students. If you are like me, you want to place students at the center of your work and do what you can to help them succeed! As higher education changes, so must the support programs, student services and policies change to meet the needs and wants of the current college student – especially as they relate to issues of equity and access.
The M.S. in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs seeks to prepare student affairs professionals and higher education policy-makers to genuinely comprehend, analyze and meet those changing needs – working to assure that institutions of higher learning fulfill their stated missions as welcoming and supportive spaces for all students.
We designed this program to provide you with a theoretical foundation in higher education policy and student affairs. Each course is grounded in the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies. We have intentionally included experiential opportunities into the curriculum to allow you to put theory into practice in the field. The college campus will become your "lab," and you will have many learning experiences outside of the classroom.
I encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns you have about the program so that I might be able to help you actualize your goals. I am happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have. I am very excited to meet you!
With warmest regards,
Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D
Associate Professor, Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs
Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies
The focus of this program is on preparing graduate students to work as educators, practitioners and policy-makers in student affairs, student services and higher education. The program will help students comprehend, analyze and meet the changing needs and wants of the current college student. Students will learn how to use interpersonal skills and strategic interventions, especially as they relate to issues of equity and access, that lead to success for ALL students. Employing an Action Research Methodology, graduates of this program will be prepared to analyze current higher education practices and policies and create programs, services and interventions that generate positive impact and student success.
The program is aligned with the CAS (Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards and the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.
This program is a 42-credit program that can be completed in 2 years. Students will receive an MS degree. There is an option for students to earn a certificate in either Sustainability or Educational Technology as part of the HEPSA Program. They can do this by enrolling in 4 courses per semester and taking one Summer Internship.
The classes will be held in the evenings (4:25-10) M-Th on the main campus.
Students are eligible for graduate assistantships on campus and in Academic Departments.
During the pre-candidacy period:
The course listing for this program is available from the Graduate Catalog.
Residence Life and Housing
Academic Advising and Learning Support
Enrollment Management including Admissions and Financial Aid
Student Leadership and Involvement
Diversity and Inclusion
Orientation and New Student Programs
Student Conduct/Title IX
Equity Offices such as Women’s Center, Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA Services, etc.
Student Services in Academic Colleges and Departments
Alumni Relations and Development
Service Learning and Volunteer Programs
Health and Wellness
Fraternity and Sorority Life