Master of Arts in Student Services Administration - Graduate Certificates

College student services administration encompasses many different components that range from recruitment and admissions to administering financial aid to on campus institutional risk to on campus student administration to intercollegiate sports.  Students in the MASSA will be able to complete work in an area of specialization that will lead to a certificate.

There are four certificates that are planned for the program, and these will be phased in based on the number of students enrolled in each area of specialization.  If students already have a Graduate degree and would like to attain a Post-Master's certificate, 24 credits (8 - three credit courses) must successfully be completed.

Required Courses:

  • 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 (after 9 credits)
  • MSSA 6100 - Master Project (no credit)

The four certificates and their order of implementation are provided below:

I. On-Campus Student Administration

Students must complete the following three required courses:

  • MSSA 6602*    College Student Development
  • MSSA 6604*    Governance, Planning and Finance in Higher Education
  • MSSA 6605*    The Law and Student Affairs

Students must select three of the following courses to complete the certificate:

  • 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

 

II. Admissions and Financial Aid Administration

Students must complete the following course:

  • 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

 

III. Intercollegiate Sports Administration

Students must complete the following courses:

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

 

IV. Institutional Risk Administration

Students must complete the following courses:

  • MSSA 6605*    The Law and Student Affairs
  • MSSA 6604*    Governance, Planning and Finance in Higher Education
  • 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