Higher Education Administration, EdM — Concentration in Student Affairs Administration

Our concentration in student affairs administration, within our higher education master's program, is for you if you wish to pursue a career in student affairs within a college or university setting.

This 42 credit-hour program is based on guidelines developed by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and emphasizes student affairs administration, student development and practical experience.

Our program is collaboratively run by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and the Division of Student Affairs.

The program offers:

For program information, contact:

Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
University at Buffalo
478 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14261
(716) 645-1096
email: nbarnett@buffalo.edu

For admissions information, contact:

Baylee Richards
Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937
email: bayleeri@buffalo.edu

Comprehensive Curriculum

The program offers a combination of classroom theory and paraprofessional practical experience. The 42 credit-hour curriculum emphasizes higher education administration, research theories and applications, historical perspectives and ethical guidelines governing administrators. Students gain knowledge of and experience in the diverse nature of institutions, campus environments and student populations.

First Semester - fall (12 credits)
ELP 522 Introduction to Professional Practice (3 credits)
ELP 502 History of American Higher Education (3 credits)
ELP 516 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration (3 credits)
ELP 513 Cultural Diversity in Higher Education (3 credits)

Second Semester - spring (12 credits)
ELP 509 American College Student (3 credits)
ELP 514 College Student Development Theory (3 credits)
ELP 520 Counseling for Student Affairs (3 credits)
ELP 505 Organization and Governance (3 credits)

Third Semester - fall (9 credits)
ELP XXX Research Course (see Research Methods course list below) (3 credits)
ELP 507 Financing American Higher Education (3 credits)
ELP XXX Multicultural Competence (new course) (3 credits)

Fourth Semester - spring (9 credits)
ELP 523 Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Research Methods
ELP 539 Program Evaluation and Assessment
CEP 532 Research Methods
ELP 685 Applied Social Research

Electives (6 credits)
Students are required to complete 6 credits of elective courses and are encouraged to take any courses in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) that are not designated for specific programs. They may want to consider courses outside of the department that will prepare them for the work they plan to do once they graduate. Students should select their electives in consultation with their advisor.

Culminating Experience

Portfolio and Case Analysis.

Practical Experience

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Opportunities for graduate assistantships are available once a student has been admitted to the program. Such support provides students with professional experience closely related to their academic and professional interests. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week in various student service offices during the academic year.

Internship and Practicum Opportunities

All students are encouraged to gain a breadth of experience by seeking out internships and practical experiences. Students who are placed in graduate assistantships are not required to participate in additional internship experiences, but they are encouraged to do so as they explore their professional career options. Summer internships through ACUHO-I and NODA are particularly popular options for many of our students. For those students who are not placed in graduate assistantships, we expect you to participate in at least two supervised internships (minimum 300 hours total) to insure that you have gained practical experience as you prepare to transition into the profession.

Professional Development

Students are introduced to related professional organizations and issues through speakers, journals and national, regional and local conferences. Students receive professional development support and career consultation services as part of the program.

Students are encouraged to join at least one professional organization, such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), or the College Student Personal Association (CSPA). Students may choose to join professional organizations related to a specific area of student affairs, such as the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the Association of College Unions-International (ACUI), etc. Student may receive additional support to attend professional conferences, to subscribe to professional journals and publications, or pursue their professional development in other ways.


Program Faculty in the Student Affairs Administration Program

Dr. William Barba
Clinical Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
468 Baldy Hall
Phone (716) 645-2471
Email: barba@buffalo.edu

Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett
Associate Professor
Coordinator Higher Education and Student Affairs Graduate Programs
478 Baldy Hall
Phone (716) 645-1096
Email: nbarnett@buffalo.edu

Dr. Henry Durand
Associate Clinical Professor
452 Baldy Hall
Phone (716) 645-2085
Email: hjdurand@buffalo.edu

Dr. Megan Holland
Assistant Professor
477 Baldy Hall
Phone (716) 645-1095
Email: mmhollan@buffalo.edu

Dr. Raechele Pope
Associate Professor
487 Baldy Hall
Phone (716) 645-1098
Email: rlpope@buffalo.edu

Dr. Margaret Sallee
Assistant Professor
473 Baldy Hall
Phone (716) 645-1091
Email: mwsallee@buffalo.edu

Other Faculty and Staff who instruct courses in this program include:

Dr. Julia Colyar
Policy Research Analyst
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Email: jecolyar@buffalo.edu

Dr. Beth Del Genio
Chief of Staff
Office of the President
University at Buffalo

Dr. Bobby Jo Ladelfa
Assistant Dean for Records Registration & Financial Aid
University at Buffalo

Dr. Teresa Miklitsch
Senior Academic Advisor, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
University at Buffalo

Barbara Ricotta
Sr. Associate Vice President for Student Life
University at Buffalo

Dr. Virginia Taylor
VP For Enrollment Management and Student Services
Genesee Community College

Dr. Matthew Weigand
Director of Orientation, Transition, and Parent Programs
University at Buffalo

Phyllis Floro
Director, Student Engagement
University at Buffalo

Dr. Kevin Ahuna
Administrative Director, SAA Program
University at Buffalo

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