College of Education

SAHE Students


The curriculum for the MA in Leadership with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders in student affairs operations in colleges and universities. An emphasis of the program is the development of educational leaders who can transform institutions into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. The program adheres to the Master’s Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Program Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, 8th ed.). Leadership coursework is organized around foundational studies, professional studies, and supervised practice.

As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self- knowledge and worldview. You will develop student affairs competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide a professional team as you integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a college and/or university and create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of higher education and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others.

Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.

Student Handbook and Forms

Two course delivery modes are available for the SAHE program.

1) In-person cohort: courses will be held on Saturdays each week of the 8-week courses  


This cohort program begins each FALL semester:

Early admission priority deadline January 15; Final deadline March 15

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1


  • Schedule a meeting with a faculty member for your admissions interview!
  • Applications for admission to the MA Leadership Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education must begin with completion of the online Graduate application found at: Apply Now! The early admission priority deadline is January 15; the final deadline is March 15 to be considered for the SAHE cohort the following fall.
  • Pay the $60.00 application fee *International student application fee is $100.00
  • Upload your career goals statement (as described below
  • Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé
  • Complete and upload the Tuition Classification Form
  • List the name, title/organization, and email of three references. They will be emailed the SAHE recommendation forms/instructions. *One reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague.
  • In addition to the above materials that will be submitted with your online application, please email/mail proof of your background check or proof of licensure to the Student Resource Office ( *(International applicants only complete this step if they have lived in the United States for more than one year). Students who have completed a background check for employment and can provide proof do not have to repeat this process for admission. Instructions for completing your background check are below:

    1. Go to website:
    2. Click on Individuals
    3. $6.85 is the cost to receive the results
    4. Print a copy of the background check and turn in with your admissions materials Current CO school or agency employees who completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or a copy of the results of the background check used for employment.

Domestic Students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the: Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733

Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 575-(paper-based) or 90-(internet-based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: or call: 1-719-255-7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country's Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

Background Check

All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school and clinical practicum and internship sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work.

General Background Check for Admission

All College of Education applicants must complete a general background check as part of the admissions requirements:

  1. Go to website:

  2. Click on “Individuals”
  3. Pay $6.85

  4. Print a copy of the background check and return it to the College of Education Student Resource Office as part of admissions materials (current CO School or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or background check results).

Practical Experience

A 100 hour practicum experience in higher education is a requirement of the SAHE program. Students choose a site based on their learning and professional goals. The SAHE program has strong connections to area campuses and recent students have completed their practicum at UCCS as well as nearby institutions, including Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Air Force Academy, and Regis University. Below are on-going practicum experiences that are available to students. Students may also create agreements with other departments and other campuses based on their goals.

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Student Ethics

Students are expected to adhere to the highest codes of personal and professional ethics, as set forth by the Honor Code of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which appears each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet these standards may be dismissed from the Graduate School by the Graduate Dean upon recommendation of the chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF). Additionally, SAHE faculty will be systematically assessing students' progress in :

  1. Academic Performance
  2. Student Affairs skills development
  3. Professional and personal growth throughout their program of study, as recommended by CAS.


Year 1 (18 credits)

Fall Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5030 - Vision, Values, and Leadership in Student
Affairs in Higher Education
3 Leadership/Personal and Ethical Foundations/Values, Philosophy, and History
LEAD 5610 – Social and Cultural Foundations of
Higher Education
3 Values,Philosophy, and History

Spring Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5260 - Counseling & Student Development Theories 3 Student Learning and Development/Advising and Supporting/Social Justice and Inclusion
LEAD 5210 – Counseling and Helping Skills in Higher Education 3 Advising and Supporting/Social Justice and Inclusion

Summer Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5290 - Budgeting & Finance of Student Affairs in Higher Education 3 Organizational and Human Resource
LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics 3 Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
(*summer course meeting dates are not on the typical Saturday schedule; consult the SAHE Program Coordinator for more information if you require information about the course meeting dates prior to the release of the summer schedule online).

Year 2 (12 credits)

Fall Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5280 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Higher Education 3 Law, Policy, and Governance
LEAD 5310 - Student Services Program Development & Evaluation 3 Assessment, Evaluation, and Research/Student Learning and Development


Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5110 - Culturally Responsive Practices in Higher Education 3 Social Justice and Inclusion
LEAD 6830 - Practicum for Student Affairs in Higher Education 3 Varies based on responsibilities and student's desired learning outcomes

SAHE Study Abroad Program Spring 2017

This short-term study abroad program will allow students to explore London, Paris, and Amsterdam. Students will immerse themselves in an international study of higher education through an overseas experience. Topics include the administration of higher education, the practice of student affairs work, as well as study of the history, culture, and politics of the chosen country. Prer., Open to Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) students only.

Study Abroad Information

    • Tentative ItineraryPDF icon
    • Enrollment
        • Student enrollment (plus one guest per student allowed) from: November 9, 2015-April 15, 2016
        • Alumni enrollment (plus one guest per alumnus allowed) from: April 16-30, 2016
        • Friends of SAHE enrollment from: May 1-31, 2016
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