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Considering Higher Education & Student Affairs as a Profession

  • Did you have an amazing undergraduate experience filled with clubs and organizations or an enriching residence life program?
  • Were you unsure about your place or fit as a student on your campus and a conversation with a student affairs administrator served as a turning point in your college career?
  • Did you catch the leadership “bug” and now you can’t get enough?

If you are able to answer these or similar questions, then higher education and student affairs administration may be the career for you! It is a relatively new and growing field, and we are constantly learning more about students and their post-secondary educational experiences. A graduate program like the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Masters Program at Indiana University can provide insight into the student experience, the history and functions of university life and how professionals and researchers can impact student development.

There are many things to consider when finding the right graduate program for you, and there are well over 150 higher education graduate programs in the United States. While we want you to consider IU, we also want you to find your best fit. You may want to start your search on a national website, such as ACPA (, NASPA (, or Graduate (, which also lists international programs.