Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education

The master of education in student affairs in higher education (SAHE) prepares graduate students for a career in a variety of student affairs settings, such as academic advising, student success, career centers, diversity, equity and inclusion advocacy (DEI), orientation programs, residence life and student activities. Within the program, students will choose from a generalist, student success, or leadership development concentration to focus their work.

Marquette's SAHE program attracts academically-minded students from all over the United States who bring different perspectives, ideas, and strengths, and are collectively interested in learning how theory relates to real world practice. With over 13 colleges in the metropolitan area, Milwaukee provides a virtual learning laboratory for student affairs professionals.

Incoming full-time students can apply for graduate assistantships to help defray the cost of attendance.  Please visit the SAHE Assistantship page to find out more information.

Making a difference with a graduate degree from Marquette

Marquette University’s mission as a Jesuit institution is to foster personal and professional excellence, promote a life of faith, and develop leadership expressed in service to others. The College of Education has a deep commitment to the development of practitioners who will demonstrate a commitment to social justice in their work.



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The SAHE advantage through Marquette University

Why choose to be a graduate student in the SAHE program at Marquette?

  • Small cohort enhances learning and ensures personal attention for each student.
  • Faculty possess strong student affairs backgrounds and professional connections.
  • Marquette University has a robust Division of Student Affairs, and staff members who serve as teachers and mentors, supporting students’ learning and development.
  • Assistantships and practica provide students with hands on experience to develop, implement, and refine the skills required for effective student affairs practice.
  • The culmination of students' coursework is a theory-to-practice Capstone course in which students are paired with student affairs offices to integrate their learning to solve a real world problem or issue.

SAHE Learning Outcomes

Expect excellence. Graduates of our SAHE program can expect to:

  • Use appropriate student development, organizational, and environmental theories to analyze issues related to students and Student Affairs practice.
  • Interpret and apply research to students and Student Affairs practice.
  • Apply leadership, organizational, assessment, and management practices to professional work in student affairs functional areas.
  • Apply professional standards and principles of law, ethics, and social justice to student affairs work.
  • Support the learning and development of a diverse student population.

View the M.Ed. Course Work - 36 Credits

Introduction to Educational Inquiry 3 credits
Introduction to Student Affairs 3 credits
Counseling Skills for Student Affairs Professionals 3 credits
Social Justice Advocacy in Student Affairs 3 credits
Student Development in Higher Education 3 credits
Environmental Theory Assessment in Higher Education 3 credits
History of Higher Education in the United States 3 credits
Organizational Theory and Administration in Higher Education 3 credits
American Law and the Educational Organization 3 credits
Practicum in Student Affairs Leadership 1 3 credits
Practicum in Student Affairs Leadership 2 1 3 credits
Capstone in Educational Policy and Leadership 3 credits

Take the next step towards your future

Application requirements and other important information to apply for the M.Ed. in SAHE graduate program at Marquette University are detailed below. We also encourage and welcome prospective students to visit us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and take a tour of the College of Education facilities on the Marquette University campus. 


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To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Some experience in a higher education setting is recommended.

General Requirements

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 


  • December 1: priority consideration for international students interested in graduate assistantships.
  • January 15: priority consideration for domestic students interested in graduate assistantships.
  • February 15: consideration for all other types of merit-based financial aid.
  • July 15: all other applicants. 

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. If you are applying to the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, you can view a list of available graduate assistantships here. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.