Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)
The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s preeminent educational programs. Our rich heritage of research and practice, fueled by our renowned faculty, benefit students in the classroom and beyond. In fact, HESA has graduated distinguished scholars, presidents, provosts, deans and other leaders in higher education, the government, non-profit organizations and even the private sector.
Our program has prepared leaders for higher education and student affairs for more than six decades. This tradition is reflected in our numerous alumni, many of whom are senior leaders in the field. Our students, too, are recognized for their involvement and leadership in and out of the classroom. Above all, our comprehensive curriculum emphasizes rigorous research and professional development creates wonderful opportunities for learning, collaboration and community-building.
The Student Personnel Assistantship Program (SPA) is a part of HESA. The SPA Program connects HESA students with assistantship opportunities across and even beyond Ohio State’s campus. Learn more about funding, interviews, and admissions processes.
Whether your career goals are to become a professor or administrator, the PhD in higher education and student affairs provides a wealth of experiences and how to think about educational problems in complex ways.
With a doctor of education degree from Ohio State you will be prepared to become a leader of higher education as well as a scholarly practitioner who understands the importance of equity and social justice.
A masters in higher education administration provides you the foundations of practice, research and theory. Coupled with the Student Personnel Assistantship, your training and education will drive your professional success.
Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies Minor, HESA Courses
Get prepared for future leadership and professional roles. The Higher Education and Student Affairs program offers several courses in the interdisciplinary leadership studies minor that teach you the principles, concepts and theories essential to your future professional aspirations.
The SPA program links PhD and master’s HESA students with funded assistantship opportunities at Ohio State and other institutions in central Ohio. Students hold assistantships in housing, admissions, academic affairs, student activities, multicultural programming, career counseling and more.