More than ever, reflective and social-justice minded professionals are needed in post-secondary institutions and other educational environments throughout the United States and globally. With our high placement rate, graduates of our program go on to jobs such as academic advisor, student activities advisor, international student advisor and community engagement program manager. These leaders represent, advocate for and work with students, develop leadership programs and implement activities that enhance college students’ academic experience.
If you have a passion for working with college students beyond the classroom and advancing social justice, Seattle University’s Master's Degree in Student Development Administration is designed with you in mind. We offer a modern practitioner-based curriculum that provides strong theory-to-application training within a supportive community of students, alumni, and seasoned professionals who will become your colleagues for life.
Recently recognized nationally, as a scholar having critical impact in their field, Dr. Thai-Huy Nguyen is also co-principal investigator and lead educational researcher for a $5 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Seattle Colleges’ “Ready! Set! Transfer!” program, which provides support services to students pursuing majors in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Our program is in its 25th year and is sought out for its strong clinical experiences and its infusion of diversity and social justice into our curriculum. Through our holistic mentorship approach, our nationally-recognized and dedicated faculty will work with you to gain the experience and skills necessary to serve students in a variety of educational environments, including community colleges, 4 year colleges, college access organizations and high-tech companies (university recruiting and leadership development). Additionally, you have the opportunity to apply for our unique graduate assistantship employment, built in collaboration with the Division for Student Development, which can give you another edge when competing for positions.
Dr. Yamamura’s research, teaching and service reflects her commitment to engaged scholarship as a means to examine, critically assess and advance educational equity. Her research agenda centers on the nexus of diversity and equity in P-20 education, with a specific emphasis on college and graduate preparation, student development processes and retention for historically underrepresented communities (African American, Latina/o, Native American, Southeast Asian, 1st generation, low socioeconomic status, urban and immigrant students). Within these areas, in collaboration with university and community partners, she examines opportunity structures, programs and student, faculty, administrative, and community members’ experiences to illuminate promising practices to advance equity and diversity