Student Personnel in Higher Education
The mission of the Student Personnel in Higher Education Master’s degree program, in alignment with the University of Florida and College of Education, is to prepare graduate students for successful careers as exemplary student affairs leaders, scholars and practitioners. This is accomplished through a theoretical foundation, practical work experiences, and close collaboration with Student Affairs staff. Students are prepared to contribute to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry, leadership, and workforce in institutions of higher education globally.
The University of Florida Student Personnel in Higher Education program is designed to prepare students to enter Student Affairs leadership positions in two- and four-year institutions of higher education. This administration-based program integrates academic coursework with practitioner-based experience.
There are two options for the Student Personnel in Higher Education program: the full-time on-campus program and the part-time online program. The on-campus program consists of 36 credit hours of core classes and 10 credit hours of supervised practicum and internship experiences (total = 46 credit hours). Students enter the graduate program in the fall semester as members of a cohort group. The group provides support and builds a sense of community for the students. All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the time of admission.
The online program is job-embedded and best suited for student affairs professionals who are currently working in student affairs or a related field at community/state colleges and interested in advancing their careers while retaining their current positions. This is accomplished through on-line classes, incorporating theoretical foundations, job-embedded work experiences, and close collaboration with community college Student Affairs staff. Students are prepared to contribute to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry, leadership, and workforce in institutions of higher education globally. Students will complete their degree in a cohort model over the course of two years (6 semesters total, including summers).