The Master of Arts in Student Services Administration is the perfect solution for current and aspiring professionals who seek to advance their credentials for a career in administrative and student support services in higher education.  

What sets us apart

  • Our focus on Administrative and Governance aspects of student services as compared to a counseling focus provides the leadership, communication and problem-solving skills needed for a successful career in higher education.  The FDU MSSA 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, 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 15 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.

Required Courses 

(Many courses available in online modality)


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 [Master of Sports Administration (MSA) degree program]

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

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

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

Course Descriptions