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Provide positive growth for all college students

Help diverse college students learn and grow beyond the classroom with a master’s degree in Student Development Administration (SDA) from Seattle University.

Known for a strong social justice mission and award-winning professors, the SDA program at Seattle U draws students from across the nation who are dedicated to creating inclusive and empowering educational environments in higher education and society.

 Top SDA Degree Highlights:

  • 300-hour internship in the field
  • 99 percent job placement rate
  • Evening classes so you can continue to work
  • Recognition by NASPA and ACPA—the leading national organizations in the field
  • vibrant campus in the heart of dynamic Seattle
  • An exceptionally strong cohort community 
  • Full- and part-time degree completion options
  • Personal attention from nationally recognized professors
  • Transformative self-reflection embedded into all coursework and fieldwork
  • A practitioner-based curriculum that provides strong theory to application
  • whole-student focus to both teaching and practice 

Choose the SDA degree option that best fits you: 

Both of Seattle University’s SDA master’s degree options consist of 51 credits and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

  • Master of Arts (MA):Includes three credits of electives and an independent graduate project.
  • Master of Education (MEd):Includes six credits of electives. A graduate project is not required for the MEd.

Empower yourself as you empower others.


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.