The Master of Arts in Student Services Administration is the perfect solution for current and aspiring professionals who seek to build or advance their credentials for a career in administrative and student support services in higher education. This program explores both the theoretical and practical sides of student services administration — from admissions and financial aid, student affairs and residential life, to intercollegiate athletics, student activities, campus security, and records and registration.

Program highlights

  • Offered 100% online, as well as in-person blended options to suit your timetable, professional and lifestyle demands, and preferred learning style
  • Gain critical leadership, communication and problem-solving skills needed for a successful career in higher education
  • Acquire real-world experience with a required 3-credit internship
  • Focus your education by also earning a graduate certificate in one of three specialization areas
  • Learn from faculty with extensive industry experience
  • Benefit from specially priced tuition rates designed for recent graduates and professionals from competing colleges who receive little or no reimbursement

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Current professional resume
  • English proficiency test
  • GMAT and GRE scores are NOT required

Degree requirements

The Master of Arts in Student Services Administration is a thirty-six (36) credit hour, non-thesis program consisting of 18 credits of required core courses, which include a 3 credit course in a college student personnel internship, and 18 credits of electives. A final project paper is also required. The program offers four specialization areas and students must complete six courses (18 credits) in an area of specialization to be awarded a certificate in that area.

Specializations

  • Institutional Risk Administration
  • On-Campus Student Administration
  • Intercollegiate Sports Administration
REQUIRED COURSES (18 Credits)
MSSA 6601* Research Methods
MSSA 6602* College Student Development
MSSA 6603* Social Issues in Higher Education
MSSA 6604* Governance, Planning, and Finance in Higher Education
MSSA 6605* The Law and Student Affairs
MSSA 6606 Student Services Internship
MSSA 6100 Master Project

 

Elective Courses by Concentration
On-Campus Student Administration
MSSA 6602* College Student Development
MSSA 6604* Governance, Planning, and Finance in Higher Education
MSSA 6605* The Law and Student Affairs
MSSA 6611* Program Design and Instructional Strategies for Adults in Higher Education
MSSA 6612* Program Design and Strategies for Special Populations in Higher Education
MSSA 6613* Post-secondary Student Affairs Issues and Management
MSSA 6626* Mentoring Students for Success

 

Intercollegiate Sports Administration
MSSA 6602* College Student Development
MSSA 6604* Governance, Planning and Finance in Higher Education
MSSA 6620* Marketing and Promotion for College Sports
MSSA 6622* Financial Administration in College Sports
MSSA 6623* Legal Issues in Domestic College Sports
Elective++ One MSA++ course approved by the advisor

 

Institutional Risk Administration
MSSA 6604* Governance, Planning and Finance in Higher Education
MSSA 6605* The Law and Student Affairs
MSSA 6608* Technology Foundations in Higher Education
MSSA 6616* Threat Assessment and Risk Analysis in Higher Education
MSSA 6617* Crisis Management for Higher Education Administrators
MSSA 6618* Impact of Terrorism on College Safety

* Also available in online modality

++ Master of Sports Administration (MSA) degree program

Master’s project

Students will be required to complete the master’s project (capstone) during their last term of study in the Student Services Administration program. Although it is required for graduation, no credit is awarded for the project. Requirements — including parameters for the final project and specific benchmarks that must be met — will be introduced early in the program during the Research Methods course. Full-time faculty will evaluate the project to determine whether it meets graduation requirements.

Master’s Project Guidelines (PDF)

Contact Information
Donna Ganley, Senior Coordinator, Graduate Programs
201-692-7171
ganley@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions