Degree Requirements

Program of Study - MEd and MA

Students in the Student Development Administration (SDA) Masters program have the option of two degree programs: the Master of Arts (MA) or the Master of Education (MEd). Both degrees require 51 credits for graduation. The Master of Arts option allows students to take three credits of electives in addition to completing an independent graduate project. The Master of Education option allows students to take six credits of electives. The graduate project is not required with the MEd option.


PART I: College of Education Required Courses (6 credits)

  • EDUC 5000 Introduction to Research and Graduate Study* 
  • EDUC 5200 Social Justice in Professional Practice

*Recommended completion within first 18 credits.

PART II: SDA Required Courses (36-39 Credits**)

(All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise specified)

  • SDAD 5300 Foundations of the Student Affairs Profession*
  • SDAD 5400 Student Development Theory, Research and Practice
  • SDAD 5590 The American Community College
  • SDAD 5640 Internship in SDA I (2 credits)
  • SDAD 5650 Internship in SDA II (2 credits)
  • SDAD 5660 Internship in SDA III (2 credits)
  • SDAD 5750 Best Practices in Student Services
  • SDAD 5760 Leadership and Governance in Post-Secondary Education
  • SDAD 5800 Higher Education Law
  • SDAD 5900 Student Development Capstone Seminar
  • SDAD 5910 Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • SDAD 5920, 5930, 5940 Student Development Portfolio I, II, III (1 credit each)
  • COUN 5050 Helping Skills for Student Development
  • Leadership Course Any graduate level course in EDAD, NPLR, MGMT, ARTL
  • SDAD 5990 Student Development Graduate Project (MA only) 

*Initial cohort-based required courses.

**The MEd degree requires 36 credits in this category. The MA requires 39 credits in this category. SDAD 5990, Student Development Graduate Project, is required for The Master of Arts.

PART III: SDA Elective Courses (3-6 Credits***)

  • SDAD 5740 College Access and Equity
  • SDAD 5810 History of Higher Education
  • SDAD 5840 Comparative Educational and Social Policy 
  • SDAD 5850 Higher Education Finance
  • SDAD 5960 Independent Study
  • Other electives include any graduate level course, with Advisor's approval. Courses in the following programs are frequently taken by SDA students: Arts Leadership (ARTL), Business Administration/Management (MGMT), Clinical Mental Health Counseling (COUN), Educational Administration (EDAD), Nonprofit Leadership (NPLR), Public Administration (PUBM), School Counseling (SCOUN). 

***The MEd degree requires 6 credits in this category. The MA requires 3 credits in this category.