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Master of Arts in Educational Studies, HESA

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s preeminent masters in higher education 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, government, non-profit organizations and the private sector.


Our program has prepared leaders for higher education and student affairs for more than seven 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, which 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.

You also can research a variety of topics in the HESA program. College students’ identity and identity development, organizational theory, policy and governance, service-learning and leadership are just some of the areas in which students can develop expertise.

Be a part of the legacy of leadership, training and education found at Ohio State's Higher Education and Student Affairs program.

Career Paths

The MA in HESA prepares students for a variety of roles in and beyond higher education. This degrees enable students to work in colleges and universities, government, non-profits and even for-profit organizations. Graduates have found roles including program coordinators, program directors, consultants, policy analysts, faculty members, vice presidents for student affairs, provosts and even college presidents.

Read alumni profiles to learn more about our graduates.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
GRE, bachelor's degree

Coursework: college student development, law, policy and governance, organizational theory, administration of higher education, counseling, service-learning, leadership, qualitative and quantitative research methods

MA handbook

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Amy Barnes, EdD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Rebecca Crandall, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero, PhD, Associate Professor
Susan Robb Jones, PhD, Professor
Anne-Marie Nunez, PhD, Associate Professor
Matthew Mayhew, PhD, Flesher Professor
Tatiana Suspitsyna, PhD, Associate Professor

Affiliated Faculty

Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University
Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Student Life, The Ohio State University
Robert Holub, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Germanic Languages; Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst