2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education: UW-RF Partner - Master of Science in Ed

Designed for individuals who are seeking student affairs experience, the partner program involves enrolling in the SAA partner program while gaining professional experience as a paid "Graduate Student Intern" (a.k.a. Graduate Assistant) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Partner program courses primarily utilize blended and online components.

Admission

Admission to graduate study does not constitute admission to the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Master of Science in Education Program. Priority application deadline is February 1 each year. The application process for the SAA M.S.Ed. Program consists of three parts:

  1. The UW System online application along with official transcripts sent to UWL admissions office from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  2. The SAA application, which includes:
    1. Resume
    2. Essay (see program website for specific instructions)
    3. SAA Applicant Waiver Form
    4. Reference forms submitted by two references
  3. Finalists may be invited to participate in an interview for the academic program. Interviews with SAA faculty may take place on campus, by phone, or via virtual meeting options.

Enrollment in SAA courses is restricted to graduate students in the SAA Program, unless given special permission by the department chair.

Students in the SAA M.S.Ed. Program are expected to complete supervised field experience throughout the program. On-campus (at UWL) and blended program students (at UW-River Falls) generally meet this requirement by being selected for a relevant graduate assistantship or internship. Online program students may meet this requirement by working full-time in the field or being selected for a graduate internship at one of our partner campuses.

Curriculum

36 credits

Core
SAA 700Professional and Ethical Foundations in Student Affairs 13
SAA 702Student Development Theory3
SAA 704Leadership and Organizational Theories3
SAA 705Higher Education Values, Philosophy, and History3
SAA 706Advising and Supporting3
SAA 708Social Justice and Inclusion3
SAA 730Law, Policy, and Governance in Student Affairs3
SAA 760Administration of Human and Organizational Resources3
Assessment and Research
SAA 765Assessment and Evaluation in Student Affairs3
SAA 780Capstone Research and Proposal3
SAA 790Capstone Seminar in Student Affairs Administration3
Topics / Field Experience
SAA 720Special Topics in Student Affairs Administration1
SAA 775Student Affairs Practicum1
SAA 720Special Topics in Student Affairs Administration1
or SAA 775 Student Affairs Practicum
Total Credits36

Field experience

In addition to completing required coursework, students are required to engage in ongoing supervised practice. Students will meet this requirement through a graduate internship in a student or academic affairs setting. These positions are generally 20 hours per week, for two academic years. Some students will meet this requirement by working at least 50% time in the field of student affairs in higher education. Additional information is available on the academic program site and the UW River Falls partner site.

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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