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  • PROGRAM APPLICATIONS will be accepted beginning October 15, 2015, for the Fall 2016 semester. 

    Application deadline: FEBRUARY 15, 2016* 


  • VISITATION DAYS will be held February 18-19, 2016.  

  • GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP info/application: Required for admission to SPHE program.

    Application deadline for assistantships: February 15, 2016

 *All application due dates above are “postmarked by” dates.

Program Information

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. The program integrates academic coursework with practitioner-based experience. The SPHE master’s degree consists 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 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 Division of 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 Curriculum

The student affairs profession is increasingly diverse and is engaged in a variety of activities and programs. The emphasis in UF’s master’s degree program in SPHE is upon the promotion, design, and assessment of student learning in a variety of campus and community settings. All students will enroll in these core courses:

Foundations of Student Affairs Outcomes Assessment & Research
Student Development Theory Counseling Skills
Legal, Ethical, & Critical Issues in Student Affairs History of American Higher Education
Diversity Student Affairs Administration
Crisis Management in Higher Education Internationalization of Higher Education

All students will enroll in supervised practicum and internship experiences during the program.  The final semester also includes a Capstone Seminar in which the comprehensive exam is administered.

Financial Assistance

Students are encouraged to apply to the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs for assistance with loans, grants, and fellowships. In cooperation with the UF Division of Student Affairs and Santa Fe College, several part-time positions are available in such areas as orientation, residence life, career services, student activities, Greek life,  multicultural programs, etc. On-campus interviews for these positions will take place on SPHE Visitation Day and then, on an on-going basis as necessary for positions to begin in the Fall term.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

First priority for admissions to the SPHE program will be given to candidates who apply, interview, and are slated to be offered Graduate Assistantships/Employment due to the “theory-to-practice” nature of the program.  Click on the Graduate Assistantships link on the left side of this page for a list of open positions and application procedures.