Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

The HED program is designed to meet the standards for master's level preparation in student affairs of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

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Semester Hours of Graduate Study

Small Cohorts and High Student Professor Interaction

A Commitment to Diversity

Opportunities for Student Scholarship and Research

Our Master's Program in Higher Education

The master’s program in Higher Education is a 48-credit hour program that provides entry-level professionals with the essential knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary for a wide variety of student affairs positions in higher education.The Higher Education (HED) preparation program educates entry-level professionals about the essential knowledge, skills/experiences, and disposition necessary for practice in higher education. Graduate students are prepared to work as student development educators and administrators in higher education. Specifically, students may expect employment in residential programs, campus activities, career planning, judicial programs, counseling, admissions, financial aid, student orientation, multicultural services, and related campus programs.

Why Study Higher Education Here?

A small cohort experience that ensures individual attention and shared learning, opportunities to specialize in one area, or explore many areas, of student affairs through assistantships, practica, and summer internships, and a solid grounding in program assessment and evaluation. Our students plan both fun and educational activities through the HEA (Higher Education Association). Students are strongly encouraged to collaborate. Our students are actively engaged in the profession. Over 90% held memberships in one or more professional associations, 88% participated in professional development activities, 42% presented one or more conference programs, 39% held leadership positions in professional associations, 24% were writing for publication, and 10% published manuscripts in professional journals.

What You’ll Study

The master’s curriculum consists of courses in four areas: Foundations, Research, Concentration, and Cognate. A total of 48 credit hours is required for the master's degree. Given the delivery of the curriculum, students are required to register for classes during at least one summer term. You will study courses such as Introduction to student affairs profession, theories of college student development, higher education in the united states, higher education law, and  assessment in higher education.

Graduate professional education is concerned with enhancing a broad spectrum of talents in students. Some of these talents are addressed by structured, in-class activities determined primarily by faculty, while others are addressed by out-of-class activities that often are student-directed. Both types of learning opportunities are incorporated into each student's Plan of Study. Each student and faculty member is expected to act professionally and to share responsibilities and duties of professional life. Developing active partnerships is encouraged, though each student ultimately is responsible for learning. Faculty serve as teachers, advisors, colleagues, and mentors to students.

Career and Professional Development

Graduates will be eligible for employment in positions at colleges and universities in residence life, student activities, student success, academic advising, new student orientation, leadership development, multicultural affairs, and career services, among others.

  • Our Master’s Graduates Get Good Jobs
    • Most recent master’s graduates had employment offers in the field by July 15 of same year they graduate.
    • The capstone e-portfolio experience in which students synthesized and documented their new professional knowledge, skills, and abilities put VT graduates far ahead in the eyes of employers.
    • Recent grads are employed in residence life, student activities, student success, academic advising, new student orientation, leadership development, multicultural affairs, and career services, among others.
  • Graduates from the HED master's program will acquire knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in four specific areas:
    • Professional Practice,
    • Scholarship,
    • Professional Involvement, And
    • Service

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Higher Education
  • Graduate Students
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Diversity
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Higher Education Research Highlights

Robbins, C. K. (in press). White women, racial identity, and learning about racism in graduate preparation programs. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. b.

Robbins, C. K., & Jones, S. R. (in press). Negotiating racial dissonance: White women’s narratives of resistance, engagement, and transformative action. Journal of College Student Development.

Deadlines for Domestic and International Application
Applications for Fall are due on January 15

CONTACT US

Claire K. Robbins
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2015
Blacksburg, VA24060
540-231-2004
robbinsc@vt.edu

Ashley Barker
Graduate Assistant, Admissions Coordinator
1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2011
Blacksburg, VA 24060
frost@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061