College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Adult and Higher Education - Student Personnel

Student Personnel

Are you passionate about helping post-secondary students succeed? Did you enjoy your collegiate experience and now want to see others have the same positive experience? This major is intended for the individual who wants to helps students in a service role. Those who have a passion for helping students achieve success in post-secondary education institutions will find this area of study to be helpful in reaching their career goals.

Examples of interest groups for Adult and Higher Education - Student Personnel include persons desiring careers such as the following:

  • Director of Housing
  • Director of campus activities
  • Employees involved in Distance Education, Global/Multicultural initiatives, and Commuter Services
  • Employees in Student Counseling/Advising/Enrollment Services and Financial Aid
  • Directors of Facilities Management
  • Employees in Academic Affairs
  • Administrators in Student Affairs such as student conduct and student organizations

Courses and learning outcomes are based on the standards proposed in the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners as described by the College Student Educators International and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and as described by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. A graduate in the major should have the essential knowledge, skills and mind-set to serve as a professional in the field. More specifically the major helps the learner:

  • Respond to and direct students and colleagues in a helpful manner
  • Design and implement an effective program for learners
  • Conduct evaluation and assessment efforts that lead to program improvement and enhance student opportunities for retention and graduation
  • Critically reflect upon the field of student personnel and the multiple issues and challenges that exist
  • Create a healthy, student oriented climate that promotes student and organizational development
  • Define ethical and legal standards
  • Demonstrate and cultivate leadership
  • Present an understanding of theoretical and applied student development


To apply for admission into the M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education, candidates must complete an online or paper application, found online at the Jackson College of Graduate Studies webpage. Applicants must also submit official copies of all transcripts from each college or university attended.

To be eligible for full admission, candidates must have:

  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher OR
  • a grade point average of 2.75 in the last 60 hours attempted

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for conditional admission if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 OR
  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.25 with five years having passed since the date of the first bachelor's degree