Master of Arts in Student Services Administration - Degree Requirements

 

The MA in Student Services Administration is a 36-credit, non-thesis program requiring completion of 18 credits of core courses, including a three-credit Student Services internship, plus 18 credits of electives.


Curriculum

Whether taken in-person or blended with online learning, the MA in Student Services Administration offers an outstanding degree that will prepare you for a leadership position in higher education. The curriculum integrates theory and practice with hands-on learning to provide a thorough understanding of current issues facing colleges and universities.  Our four focus areas are specially designed to meet the needs of today’s college administrators.

Follow the linked course numbers to access each course's complete Coursefinder record including scheduling information.

MSSA program course offerings are also available in the School of Administrative Science Catalog (PDF).

Focus Areas:

  • Admission and Financial Aid
  • Institutional Risks 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 (no credit)

 

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

 

Admission and Financial Aid Administration
MSSA 6604* Governance, Planning and Finance in Higher Education
MSSA 6602* College Student Development
MSSA 6608* Technology Foundations in Higher Education
MSSA 6610* Multiculturalism, Diversity and Difference: Theory, Research and Practice in Student Affairs
MSSA 6614* Administration of College Financial Aid
MSSA 6619* Grant Writing and Administration in Higher Education

 

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 PROJECT

The Essential Graduate Capstone Experience

Aspiring MA candidates will find the graduate capstone project to be the ultimate challenge. It requires the ability to apply the skills, methods and knowledge gained through their study of student services administration.

Students will be required to complete the Master’s Project 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.     

Click here to download the Master Project Guidelines (PDF)



MSSA (IDP) Form (PDF)

Individual Development Plan for Students


For more information, please contact:

Donna Ganley, MAS

Assistant to the Executive Associate Dean

201-692-7171 (V)

201-692-7179 (F)

ganley@fdu.edu