Saint Louis University

Student Personnel Administration | Master of Arts Degree

The goals of the Department of Higher Education Administration are generated through a firm commitment to its philosophy statement:

  • To prepare reflective practitioners committed to excellence in service to others.
  • To instill four "habits" within our students: the habit of service, the habit of inquiry and research, the habit of self-examination and reflection, and the habit of leadership within a community of scholars.
  • To offer students an excellent professional education and a sound background within a liberal tradition of education.
  • To reaffirm and strengthen a commitment of service to the community. 

[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is highly recommended to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: July 1 (International: May 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; On-campus or phone interview is desired; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations (highly recommended)
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: April 1
Tel. No.: 314.977.4062
Program Director: Karen A. Myers, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Yvonne Fisher


Assistantship Application Deadline:

  • Fall semester: March 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Application reviewed by committee
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of TOEFL scores and SLU Writing Exam (for International applicants)

Application Review Process: The program has a year-round, rolling application process that is reviewed by committee.

Admission Statistics: The program draws from a large pool of qualified applicants.

Rankings/Honors: All programs are nationally accredited. Nearly 20 percent of all of Missouri's superintendents are alumni of the Graduate School at Saint Louis University.

Credit Hours/Coursework: A minimum of 32 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Successful completion of three-hour comprehensive written examination and a one-hour oral examination at the conclusion of the student's coursework. In addition to the above requirements, the student must adhere to all university regulations stipulated in the General Bulletin. | Master of Arts Program of Studies 

Program Description: The Master of Arts degree is designed to prepare individuals for professional management positions in the field of higher education, including the areas of academic and student affairs, enrollment management, administration, and institutional policy. | About Higher Education Administration

Careers Possibilities: Postsecondary student affairs, enrollment management, and selected academic affairs positions (entry level, mid-level, and senior level positions depending on education and experience) at 2-year and 4-year institutions. | Career Services

Curriculum and Program Details: Two words describe this program: quality and demanding. Students are already educational full-time students or professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and advance their careers. Students come to learn and perform with certain positions already in mind and are able to apply knowledge to practice.

About the Higher Education Faculty: All full-time faculty members are engaged in current, active research in educational topics. | Educational Leadership and Higher Education Faculty

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Assistantships are available in the Department of Higher Education Administration. Information on other financial aid opportunities is available through Student Financial Services. Almost all students are part-time with full-time, professional positions. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Most courses are taught by current and former administrators in the field of higher education and student affairs, many of whom are active in local, regional, national, and international professional associations.

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