College of Education



The curriculum for the MA in Educational 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  

Early admission priority deadline January 15; Final deadline March 15

  • Schedule a meeting with a faculty member for your admissions interview!
  • Applications for admission to the MA Educational Leadership Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education must begin with completion of the online Graduate application found at: 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:

    • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
    • English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 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.

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).

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)


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5030 - Vision, Values, and Leadership in Student
Affairs in Higher Education
LEAD 5610 – Social and Cultural Foundations of
Higher Education


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5260 - Counseling & Student Development Theories       3
LEAD 5210 – Counseling and Helping Skills in Higher Education       3


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5290 - Budgeting & Finance of Student Affairs in Higher Education 3
LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics 3

Year 2 (12 credits)


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5280 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Higher Education 3
LEAD 5310 - Student Services Program Development & Evaluation 3


Course/TitleSemester Credits
LEAD 5110 - Culturally Responsive Practices in Higher Education 3
LEAD 6830 - Practicum for Student Affairs in Higher Education 3