The masters in Student Affairs is committed to the preparation of student affairs educators in higher education environments. The Student Affairs Concentration (SAC) curriculum emphasizes student development, social justice, and research/scholarship. We maintain a strong relationship with the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, which has a historic commitment to supporting scholar-practitioners. Masters graduates commonly work in settings such as student activities, advising, career services, residence life, orientation, leadership development, and multicultural student life.

Full-time faculty include Drs. Kimberly Griffin , Candace Moore, Julie J. Park, Michelle Espino, and Bridget Turner Kelly. Affiliate faculty, who are full-time scholar-practitioners at the University of Maryland, also support SAC through teaching and advising.

Applications are due December 4. Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review the Graduate School’s FAQ. We also have a special FAQ on the Student Affairs Concentration specifically, which addresses questions like the difference between SAC and the Higher Education Concentration. For other questions or to check on the completion of your application please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                 

After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password. Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE). Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

For information on virtual admissions info sessions in October 2018, click here

 

Please contact the Office of Student Services, ed-advising@umd.edu, or (301) 405-2364. We usually have annual online information sessions in October, please email sagrad-ga@umd.edu for more information.

For information on virtual admissions info sessions in October 2018, click here

Please contact the Office of Student Services, ed-advising@umd.edu, or (301) 405-2364. We usually have annual online information sessions in October, please email sagrad-ga@umd.edu for more information.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Our students are largely funded through graduate assistantships.  These assistantships offer students high quality professional experiences, complimenting their student affairs graduate curriculum. Twelve-month assistantship remuneration ranges from $18-20,000 plus tuition remission and health benefits. Ten-month assistantships are also available.

Admitted students are invited to participate in our Preview Program, which offers students a structured opportunity to apply for graduate assistantships across campus.  Student submit resumes and cover letters, and employers review applicants' materials, with both students and employers submitting preference lists. Interviews are scheduled during the Preview visit, with students receiving offers shortly after the program has ended. 

Visit the College of Education Scholarship opportunities webpage. 

Visit the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship web page for additional funding opportunities 

For information about other student financial aid, review the Office of the Student Financial Aid website.

Information on the Curriculum and Program Requirements.The main difference between the M.A. degree and the M.Ed. degree is that the M.A. degree requires the completion of a thesis. However, you have until the summer after your first year to decide whether you will do a thesis and you can switch between programs (M.A. or M.Ed.) if needed. Thus, your initial application can be to either the M.A. or M.Ed.

 

Dr. Julie Park, Program Director (parkjj@umd.edu)

Terra Hall, Graduate Assistant and Admissions Questions (sagrad-ga@umd.edu)

Carol Scott, Coordinator (cscott18@umd.edu)

Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year. Students should refer to the deadlines listed in Important Dates  prior to the beginning of the degree completion semester.  

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

HANDBOOKS

The student affairs program handbook is available here

Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 

POLICY

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policiesgoverning graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

FORMS

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.  Click here to access forms used by graduate students.

HANDBOOKS

The student affairs program handbook is available here

Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 

POLICY

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policiesgoverning graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

FORMS

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.  Click here to access forms used by graduate students.