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Student Affairs and Higher Education M.S.


The Educational Leadership Department at Indiana State University offers the master of science (M.S.) in student affairs and higher education (SAHE) to provide professional training for entry positions in the student affairs field at university, college, and two-year post-secondary levels.

  • The SAHE Master Degree Program includes 39 credit hours.
  • The program includes a focus on areas of performance, including residence halls, student development, management, admissions, financial aid, student activities, student health promotion, career development, non-traditional student populations, and other areas.
  • The curriculum includes significant supervised practice coursework and blends class-based, practicum-based, and independent learning experiences.
  • The program can be completed in 2 years of on-campus study or 3 years using online education curriculum.

Special Note: A mandatory requirement of the program includes traditional classroom participation at an accredited university for three courses (SAHE 533, SAHE 641, and SAHE 652) and credit transferred to ISU with consent of the student's advisor.

Required Courses:

High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution (for international students, a degree granted by a recognized institution)
  • Have earned one of the following:
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
    • An approved assistantship (on-campus applicants only)
    • Experience in an approved area of student affairs or higher education (online education applicants only) *
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Note: It must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program.

* Note: Exceptions to these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

In addition, all education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. E-transcripts should be sent to
  3. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  4. Please upload and attach the following as part of the online application process:
    • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal statement of professional goals and past experiences emphasizing those life experiences that are relevant to the pursuit of a career in student affairs. The statement shall comprise a typed paper of two to three pages in which the applicant must answer the questions that include:
      • Why do you want to be a student affairs professional?
      • What or who has most influenced your wanting to pursue this career goal?
      • What experiences did you have as a college student that contributed to your desire to work in student affairs?
      • What qualities do you believe will enable you to be a successful student affairs professional, and what strengths do you believe will help you achieve your academic and professional goals?
    • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can comment on your potential and/or fit for the program.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.


The SAHE Program admits students for fall only. Beginning December 15, the SAHE Program reviews completed applications. Applications completed by December 15 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full. Failure to submit all of the above items in a timely manner can delay an admission decision. Admission offers are made beginning February 15.

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Departmental scholarships are also offered as well as scholarships and awards offered through the Bayh College of Education. Representatives of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies are available to assist applicants' research opportunities for financial support for students wishing to further pursue financial aid options.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.