Interwork Institute Prospective Student Information Session Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs
Program Mission The Masters of Arts degree in education with a concentration in education leadership and a specialization in student affairs is intended for students pursuing positions in college and university divisions of student affairs. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to deliver and assess programs and serve students in a range of student affairs functional areas, including: admissions, academic advising, campus life, career services, multicultural affairs, new student orientation, residential education, and study abroad programs.
This Program is For… • Aspiring student affairs educators seeking entry-level positions in college and university divisions of student affairs. • Current student affairs professionals who seek to advance their careers by earning a master’s degree.
Program Cornerstones • Student learning centeredness informed by the practical application of student learning, development, and engagement theories • Social justice demonstrated through concepts of universal design, equity, and access embedded into the curriculum and connected to the student’s development through reflective practice • Outcomes-based assessment modeled through engagement in outcomes-based assessment, applied research, and institutional analysis and planning
Program Faculty: Full-Time Faculty • Dr. Marilee Bresciani: Outcomes-based assessment of student learning; program evaluation; inquiry and applied research • Dr. Frank Harris III: Student development in postsecondary education; college men and masculinities; racial/ethnic equity in student outcomes; qualitative research methods • Dr. Kendra Jeffcoat: Community college leadership, teaching, and learning • Dr. ShailaMullholland: History, philosophy, and development of community colleges; postsecondary education policy; diversity in postsecondary education; qualitative research methods • Dr. Mark Tucker: Quantitative research methods; program evaluation; rehabilitation counseling • Dr. Luke Wood: Community colleges; ethical leadership and decision-making; black male achievement; leadership development
Program Faculty: Adjunct Faculty • Dr. Penny Rue, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California San Diego • Dr. Sandra Cook, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, San Diego State University • Dr. James Kitchen, Vice President for Student Affairs, San Diego State University • Randy Timm, Director of Student Life and Leadership, San Diego State University (Assistantship Coordinator) • Cynthia Davalos, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of California San Diego (Assistantship Coordinator)
Degree Requirements • For more information, see the Student Affairs and PSE program websites Student Affairs Specialization • Core Courses (6 units) • Specialization Courses (12 units) • Elective Courses (3 units) • Research Courses (9 units) • Reflective Learning Portfolio Leadership in Postsecondary Education Specialization • Core Courses (6 units) • Specialization Courses (9 units) • Elective Courses (6 units) • Research Courses (9 units) • Reflective Learning Portfolio • Note: Courses are held once per week, Monday–Thursday between 4:00pm and 9:40pm. Students who enroll in this program MUST be available for courses during these days/times between September and May of each year.
Course Sequences Two Year Sequence Three Year Sequence
Program Costs Fall 2012 Tuition and Fees 6 graduate units or less: $2,686 6.1 graduate units or more: $4,231 Non-Resident (Out-of-State and International Students) tuition and fees are an additional $372 per unit
Assistantship Opportunities • Residential Education • Fraternity and Sorority Life • Student Life and Leadership • Assessment • Parent and Family Programs • International Student Services • Educational Opportunity Program • Programs Abroad
Criteria Used for Assessing Applicants • Preparation/readiness to pursue graduate education (GPA, Letters of Recommendation, GRE scores) • Writing proficiency • Alignment between professional interests/goals and program mission, cornerstones, and learning outcomes • Previous leadership or professional work experience • Knowledge of the Student Affairs/Postsecondary Education profession • Commitment to equity, diversity, service, and social justice
Admissions Deadline and Procedures Admissions Overview: • Students must complete and submit two applications for graduate admission: • CSU Mentor application • College of Education’s online application • All applicants must also take the GRE and submit all required supplemental materials by the deadlines given on the following slides. We are not able to consider applicants who do not meet these deadlines. • Financial aid is available for those interested in the MA program. Instructions on how to apply and other information about financial aid can be found at the following site: SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Admissions Deadline and Procedures Step 1: Applying to the University’s Graduate Division • Complete the CSU Mentor Application by: • December 15th SA • March 1st PSE • Submit the required application fee with the CSU Mentor Application by: • December 15th SA • March 1st PSE • Have the following materials mailed directly to the Graduate Division by January 10th (SA) or April 1st (PSE): • TWO official transcripts in sealed envelopes • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores. There is no set GRE score needed to enter the program, however, you must have a GRE score. The GRE school code for our program is 4682. • TOEFL Test Scores (for International Students only)
Admissions Deadline and Procedures Step 2: Applying to the ARPE Department The following steps must be completed by January 10th (SA) or March 1st (PSE): • Complete the College of Education’s online application • Submit two letters of recommendation (required for admission). The process for submitting letters is integrated in the College of Education’s online application. • Submit unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate coursework. Transcripts should be uploaded in the "Transcripts" section of the College of Education’s online application. • If you are applying for a Student Affairs assistantship, please submit the required materials with your program application by January 10th (SA and PSE).
Admissions Deadline and Procedures Step 3: Campus Interviews • All applications will be initially reviewed by a committee of faculty in the ARPE department. Following this review, a select group of students will be invited to interview for admission to the program and for a student affairs assistantship (if applicable). • Assistantship interviews will be held in-person or via Skype (at the applicant’s preference) during the first or second week of March. Students who did not apply or are not being considered for an assistantship will interview in-person or via Skype (at the applicant’s preference) between March and mid-April. • Students will be notified of their admission status (admitted, denied, or waitlisted) shortly following the interview period. Please check the program website periodically for updates.
Alumni Dr. Bre White (class of 2007) Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services San Diego State University Var Cummings (class of 2012) Hall Director, Residence Life Texas Christian University Jaclyn Hugg(class of 2011) Student Success Advisor San Diego State University Karina Martinez (class of 2010) Program Outreach Specialist California State University, Fullerton
Alumni Brianna Ellis (class of 2012) Assistant Director, Women’s Leadership Program Mount St. Mary’s College Alexander Lo (class of 2010) Career Counselor University of San Diego NaviKalinsky(class of 2009) Judicial Officer, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities San Diego State University Melissa Silverman (class of 2011) Resident Director Loyola Marymount University