Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Leadership Program Overview

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HESA welcomes applications for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2023. Please review the information on the website and you are encouraged to contact WMU HESA about your interest.  


Program description

The higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program focuses on developing reflective practitioners for entry- and mid-level positions in higher education. The program emphasizes a practitioner-scholar model to combine a broad-based student development and leadership theory core with required individualized field experiences. Distinctive to the program is an emphasis on the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness in higher education. One of the ways this is actualized is through a required and individually designed diversity cognate. Learn more about the higher education and student affairs leadership concentration.

Application, Admission and HESA Info & Interview Days

We look forward to reviewing applications for the HESA class of Fall 2023 beginning in September 2022. To be eligible for graduate assistant (GA) positions and participate in HESA Info Days & GA Interviews please complete all parts of the application by the priority deadline of Jan. 15. Applications received after the priority deadline are reviewed on a space available basis.

View more information about HESA Info & Interview Days, including answers to FAQs about GA positions and the hiring process (this information is relate to the Spring 2022 program; information related to Spring 2023 will be available in November 2022).   

Certificate in higher education and student affairs

The certificate in higher education and student affairs is designed for full-time professionals working in student affairs or related administrative areas who do not have the academic background or training in higher education, or graduate students enrolled in another master’s program who demonstrate commitment to and experience working in higher education. Please contact elrt_hesa@wmich.edu to discuss your interest in the HESA Certificate program. 

» More information on the certificate in higher education and student affairs

Why choose WMU HESA?

  • A small-cohort based feel.
  • We are one of the oldest student affairs graduate programs in the U.S.A. - that means we have a history and an alumni network.
  • Can be completed full-time (2-years) or part-time (individually sequenced 3+ years to fit your needs).
  • All undergraduate majors welcomed.
  • Practical, hands-on internships that help you network and get you closer to your dream job.
  • Emphasizes student development and leadership for a diverse society using coursework, the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and internships.
  • International internships available as well as higher education focused study abroad programs to Canada, Malaysia, and Singapore. 
  • Curriculum integrates CAS standards and the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency areas.
  • Our graduates find jobs.
  • Faculty are involved with students, connected to the professional associations, and engaged in scholarship and reasearch. 

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Alumni information and HESA giving

The HESA alumni are around the world. We love to hear from you. Alumni information, contact forms, opportunities to get involved and the HESA alumni newsletters are below.

HESA Alumni update your information by emailing elrt-hesa@wmich.edu

Spring 2019 HESA alumni newsletter

Spring 2018 HESA alumni newsletter

Fall 2016 HESA alumni newsletter

HESA students do amazing things! If you would like to support HESA student scholarships, programs and community development, we would love to hear from you. There are three funds that directly support HESA Students. Visit: https://secure.wmualumni.org/s/give

  • Select amount and frequency
  • Click “search all available funds”
  • In the “search for an area to support” box, enter name of fund or the specific code, for example: HESA or Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Development Fund

Funds related to HESA

  • SGRI (Paul and Phyllis Griffeth Student Affairs Scholarship) – Supports scholarships for current student recipient demonstrating outstanding promise as a student affairs professional. View past recipients
  • HESA (Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Development Fund) - Supports HESA student programming including student events and leadership activities.
  • EGEH (Global Engagement in Higher Education Endowment) – Supports scholarships for activities that will enhance global awareness and participation