Master of Arts in Student Services Administration (MASSA)

About the MASSA Program

Gain the Skills You Need for a Successful Career in Higher Education Administration

The School of Administrative Science's 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.

Available in Classroom or Online

The MA in Student Services Administration degree is available fully online, providing an opportunity for those whose schedule and/or distance from FDU campuses would otherwise limit their options. Use the AVAILABLE ONLINE button to request information specifically about pursuing the online master's in student services administration.

Program Highlights

Through this program, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop the critical leadership, communication and problem-solving skills needed for a successful career in higher education.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the complex political, economic, cultural, and social challenges facing today's colleges and universities.
  • Learn from dynamic faculty with years of experience.
  • Take advantage of flexible online, in-class and blended options to suit your timetable, professional and lifestyle demands, and preferred learning style.
  • Benefit from specially priced tuition rates designed for recent graduates and professionals from competing colleges who receive little or no reimbursement.

The program is offered through FDU's School of Administrative Science (SAS) of the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.

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. Required courses include: Research Methods; College Student Development; Social Issues in Higher Education; Governance, Planning and Finance in Higher Education; The Law and Student Affairs; and Student Personnel Internship. A final project paper is also required. Tuition includes 45% scholarship for all applicants.

The program is designed for off-campus and online delivery, although courses may also be offered in a blended-model with off-campus classes in a traditional classroom setting combined with online work.

Graduate Certificate Options

The MA in Student Service Administration offers students the option of obtaining certificates in one of four key areas:

  • Admissions and financial aid administration
  • Intercollegiate sports administration
  • Institutional risks administration
  • On-campus student administration