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Master of Arts in Educational Studies, HESA

At Ohio State, we are developing the next generation of leaders shaping the future of higher education. The master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs program was created for students like you who are drawn to, and have a heart for, creating inclusive campus environments for all students.

Our highly regarded professors will help you understand what it means to focus on students and study their experiences. You will become well versed in student development theory, including the student experience, how college affects students and social justice in higher education.

What you learn in the classroom is immediately put it into practice through the vast opportunities available through multiple internships, practicums and the Student Personnel Assistantship Program, which offers fully funded positions to qualified graduate students.

A Student Affairs Career Advantage

Whether you want a career that takes you to a large campus such as Ohio State, a community college or smaller university, you’ll foster your professional development and enter the job market with an advantage. In this program, you’ll have access to:

  • A strong partnership with the Office of Student Life to explore an expansive range of student affairs opportunities
  • Higher education partnerships in Central Ohio to explore other campus contexts
  • Education abroad experiences

Student Personnel Assistantship Program (SPA)

Connecting students to funded assistantship opportunities at Ohio State and even other university and college campuses in Central Ohio, the Student Personnel Assistantship provides HESA students with a living lab to put student development theory into practice through a variety of college settings.

Learn more about SPA

Career Paths

The MA in HESA prepares students for a variety of profession in colleges and universities, government, non-profits, for-profit organizations. Professions our graduates have landed include:

  • Program coordinators
  • Program directors
  • Consultants
  • Policy analysts
  • Faculty members
  • Vice presidents for student affairs
  • Provosts
  • College presidents


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
No GRE required, 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

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Amy Barnes, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor
Rebecca Crandall, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero, PhD, Associate Professor
Susan Robb Jones, PhD, Professor
Matthew Mayhew, PhD, Flesher Professor
Kristen J. Mills, PhD, Assistant Professor
Anne-Marie Nunez, PhD, Professor
Penny Pasque, PhD, Professor
Lori Patton Davis, PhD, Professor, Educational Studies Chair
Stephen John Quaye, PhD, Associate Professor
Tatiana Suspitsyna, PhD, Associate Professor

Affiliate Faculty
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, President, The Ohio State University