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Higher Education Administration, M.A., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University offers two options for students interested in higher education administration: a master’s program in student personnel administration and a Ph.D. program in higher education administration. Each program is individually tailored to complement your unique interests and professional aspirations and are taught by faculty who are seasoned professors and administrators.

About the Programs


SLU’s Master of Arts degree in student personnel administration is designed to prepare you for management positions in higher education, including the areas of academic and student affairs, enrollment management, administration and institutional policy. This program has three tracks: general, Catholic higher education and disability education


SLU’s Ph.D. in higher education administration is designed for students with an interest in research focused on the relationship of theory to practice in higher education, leadership and administration. You will explore higher ed organization and administration, as well as its history and the laws surrounding it. You will also study student development theory, as well as topics in finance and higher education curriculum.

Program Highlights

Most courses in SLU’s higher education administration program are taught by current and former administrators in the field of higher education and student affairs, many of whom are active in local, regional, national and international professional associations.

Master's Curriculum and Program Details

A minimum of 32 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required to complete SLU’s master’s in student personnel administration. You must also successfully complete a three-hour comprehensive written examination and a one-hour oral examination at the conclusion of the your coursework.

Required courses include:

  • Student Development Theory
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Personnel
  • Student Personnel Administration
  • The Student in Higher Education
  • Intervention Skills for Student Personnel Administrators
  • Internship/Practicum in Student Personnel
  • Disability in Higher Education and Society
  • Intro to Inferential Statistics
  • General Research Methods in Education
Ph.D. Curriculum and Program Details

A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required to complete SLU’s Ph.D. in higher education administration. The requirements for graduation also include successful completion of:

  • A one-day written comprehensive exam at the conclusion of your coursework
  • A doctoral dissertation proposal approved by your dissertation committee
  • A two-hour oral examination after completion of the dissertation proposal
Graduates of SLU’s master’s program in student personnel administration work in many areas of student affairs including enrollment management, advising and student development at two- and four-year institutions.

Graduates of our doctoral program have achieved faculty appointments as well as professional positions in fields such as academic affairs, enrollment management, student personnel and institutional research.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Assistantships are available within SLU’s School of Education. Information on other financial aid opportunities is available through Student Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

Graduate students wishing to enter the program must have a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field and completed six credit hours of graduate research coursework as a prerequisite for the doctoral program. Most admitted students meet the following criteria:

  • Above-average GPA
  • Sufficient GRE, GMAT, LSAT scores (required for Ph.D. students only)

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores (required for Ph.D. program only)
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application and Assistantship Deadline

Domestic students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, the spring semester by Nov. 1 and the summer semester by April 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1, the spring semester by Oct. 1 and the summer semester by Feb. 1.

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship for the fall semester must submit their application by March 1. Priority application deadline is Feb. 1.

Review Process

​Applications are reviewed upon completion by a committee.