See UD's plans for teaching, learning and research with measures to promote safety and lessen the risk of COVID-19 spread. See UD case dashboard here.

Skip to main content

Higher Education and Student Affairs (MSE)

Preparing students for jobs in higher education & learning organizations

As a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at the University of Dayton, you'll prepare for a variety of academic and student affairs positions in higher education, or similar adult learning-focused organizations.

This 39-hour Master's of Science in Education degree (M.S.Ed.) consists of coursework that integrates theory and research with practice. Our updated curriculum includes traditional higher education and student affairs content — such as foundational perspectives, student development, cultures, organizational leadership, and law  — and innovative coursework in learning design, assessment, and diversity and social justice. Students complete internships or a practicum and a unique scholarly research project.

Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Part-time students with full-time jobs can graduate in as little as three years. Students with a range of experiences and commitments are welcome, as the program offers evening classes that accommodate most work schedules.

Program highlights

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Private university education at the cost of a public university. View cost per credit hour >>
  • Abundant opportunities for practicum and internship experiences.
  • Scholar-practitioner model, which prepares students for professional positions and/or doctoral work.
  • Distinctive curricular focus on learning, community and social justice at a mission-driven institution.
  • Opportunity for study abroad experience.

Internship & practicum

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program is designed so course content is accompanied by appropriate field experiences. Internships and practica are opportunities for you to apply your learning throughout the program in a work setting.

  • Students not currently working full-time in a professional position within higher education complete three, 100-hour internships in professional settings that interest them.
  • Students who are working full-time in a higher education position complete a 90 contact-hour project, or practicum, at their current institution.

Each experience is coordinated with guidance from a faculty advisor and practice supervisor.

The Dayton area is well-situated to have myriad learning opportunities at a wide variety of types of higher education institutions nearby, as well as many not-for-profit, innovative learning organizations in the area.


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962