Saint Louis University offers three options for students interested in higher education
administration: a master’s program in student personnel administration, a Ph.D. program
in higher education administration and an online specialty program in student personnel
administration. Each program is individually tailored to complement your unique interests
and professional aspirations and are taught by faculty who are seasoned professors
About the Programs
SLU’s Master of Arts degree in student personnel administration is designed to prepare
you for management positions in higher education, including the areas of academic
and student affairs, enrollment management, administration and institutional policy.
This program has three tracks: general, Catholic higher education and disability education
SLU’s Ph.D. in higher education administration is designed for students with an interest
in research focused on the relationship of theory to practice in higher education,
leadership and administration. You will explore higher ed organization and administration,
as well as its history and the laws surrounding it. You will also study student development
theory, as well as topics in finance and higher education curriculum.
Online Specialty Program
Our student personnel administration online specialty program offers convenience and
flexibility for professionals who want to learn more about the areas of college student
development and student services.
Most courses in SLU’s higher education administration program 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.
A minimum of 32 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required to complete
SLU’s master’s in student personnel administration. You must also successfully complete
a three-hour comprehensive written examination and a one-hour oral examination at
the conclusion of the your coursework.
Required courses include:
Student Development Theory
Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Personnel
Student Personnel Administration
The Student in Higher Education
Intervention Skills for Student Personnel Administrators
Graduates of SLU’s master’s program in higher education work in many areas of student
affairs including enrollment management, advising and student development at two-
and four-year institutions. Graduates of our doctoral program have achieved faculty appointments as well as professional
positions in fields such as academic affairs, enrollment management, student personnel
and institutional research.
Graduate Students wishing to enter the program must have a master’s degree in education
or a related field and completed six credit hours of graduate research coursework
as a prerequisite for the doctoral program. Most admitted students meet the following
Sufficient GRE, GMAT, LSAT scores (required for Ph.D. students only)
Please note that application deadlines for this program differ for international students.
Application and Assistantship Deadline
Domestic students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, the spring semester
by Nov. 1 and the summer semester by April 1. International students should apply
for the fall semester by May 1, the spring semester by Oct. 1 and the summer semester
by Feb. 1.
Students who want to be considered for an assistantship for the fall semester must
submit their application by March 1. Priority application deadline is Feb. 1.
Applications are reviewed upon completion by a committee.