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Graduate Academic Programs

Higher Education and Student Affairs Degree Program

Indiana University has been acknowledged as one of the nation's leading institutions for preparing student affairs professionals and conducting research related to college life and institutional effectiveness. Students interested in the study of higher education and working in a college or university may choose between three degrees offered in the core campus program of Higher Education and Student Affairs. The program offers a Master of Science (M.S.) and both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. doctoral degrees. Students interested in the HESA program apply directly through the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The HESA program is a Fall admission only program.

For more information about our degree programs, admission requirements, and a link to the online application please visit Indiana University Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Doctoral Programs

The Ed.D. degree is a 60 credit hour post-master's degree program designed for doctoral students who are planning careers as senior-level college or university administrators. The Ph.D. degree is a 90 credit hour program (with up to 30 transferable credits) designed for doctoral students who are planning careers as institutional researchers, policy analysts, and faculty members in higher education programs.

Students based in Indianapolis pursue coursework at both the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses and may study full-time or part-time for either degree. Full-time students may hold graduate assistant positions at either campus and are also eligible to compete for fellowships upon application. Questions about the doctoral programs should be addressed to Dr. Vic Borden at Bloomington (vborden@iu.edu) or Dr. Robin Hughes at Indianapolis (roblhugh@iupui.edu).

Masters Program

Although most courses in the program are offered at both Indianapolis and Bloomington, for most students, one or more courses will need to be taken in Bloomington, depending on scheduling and course choice. Students at both campuses are encouraged to take at least one course at the other campus to take advantage of different settings and a different instructor mix.

The HESA master's program is designed for students to acquire the knowledge skills, competencies, and philosophy required for exemplary professional practice in the 21st century postsecondary educational institutions and other settings. Graduates of the HESA master's program at IU will demonstrate a capactity for integrative learning and application that makes possible creative solutions to persistent and unanticipated problems that affect student and institutional performance.

For more information, contact Dr. Danielle De Sawal at hesa@indiana.edu or (812) 856-8372.

Application Deadlines for HESA degree programs: December 1