College of Education

MA in Leadership with Concentration in SAHE

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.

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  

Thank you for your interest in the SAHE program at UCCS! If you have questions about the Admissions process or the program after reviewing the welcome video and reviewing the information below, please reach out to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Patty Witkowsky, at pwitkows@uccs.edu. If you would like to schedule a phone or in-person interest/informational meeting, please contact the Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 to schedule it.

This cohort program admits approximately 20-25 students each year and coursework begins each SUMMER semester (mid-July).

The application deadline is February 15th annually.

Admissions Process

Online Application: 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 application deadline is February 15th to be considered for the SAHE cohort the following summer.

Fee: Pay the $60.00 application fee. *International student application fee is $100.00

Career Goals Statement: Upload your career goals statement into the online application and include responses to the following prompts. Please limit your narrative to 1500 words.

  1. What are your reasons for applying to this program?
  2. What are your professional career goals? And how does this program align with your goals?
  3. In what ways have your life experiences, your work, and your volunteer activities prepared you for a career in student affairs?
  4. What do you bring to the program that will benefit your student colleagues?
  5. What personal strengths will enhance your ability to be successful in this program?
  6. What factors might limit your ability to complete this program?
  7. Are you seeking assistantship opportunities? If so, which area of student affairs would interest you most for an assistantship position?
  8. What other factors do you believe are important for consideration in evaluating your application?

Professional Résumé: Upload your professional résumé

Tuition Classification Form: Complete and upload the Tuition Classification Form

References: List the name, title/organization, and email of three references. They will be emailed the SAHE recommendation form/instructions. Ideally, one reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current or former supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague. However, applicants who completed their undergraduate degree more than 5 years ago may replace the former instructor reference with another current or former supervisor who can speak to professional abilities.

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. Current Colorado school or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their Colorado license or background check results.

*International applicants only complete this step if they have lived in the United States for more than one year.

Instructions for completing your background check are below:

  1. Go to website: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/Index.aspx
  2. Click on Individuals
  3. Pay $6.85 to receive the results
  4. Print a copy of the background check and email/mail your background check or proof of licensure to the College of Education Student Resource Office (education@uccs.edu) as part of admissions materials.

Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.75 required for admission*) of all academic work ever completed to date directly to:

Office of Admissions & Records
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733

*Students with a GPA below 2.75 may still apply and if admitted provisionally, must complete the first two courses in the program with a B or better to continue in the program.

Admissions Interview: Once ALL application materials are received (including receipt of all three completed reference forms), prospective students should contact the Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 to schedule a formal (phone or in-person) interview for program admission.

Additional items of note for International applicants: English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: international@uccs.edu or call: (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 http://www.naces.org/members.htm), AACRAO (http://www.aacrao.org/) or World Education Services/Wes (https://www.wes.org/).

Financial Aid Resources

The financial aid priority filing date is March 1st annually.

Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Students available at:

Financial Aid Office:https://www.uccs.edu/~finaid/

Graduate School: //www.uccs.edu/graduateschool/uccs-finances.html

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.

Positions will be listed on this site until they are filled. All searches have varying deadlines, so please submit your applications as soon as possible.

If you have questions about specific positions, please contact the department directly.

Graduate Assistant for Residence Life and Housing (2 Positions)

Respect on Campus Outreach and Awareness Coordinator (Graduate Assistant)

Graduate Assistant for Non-Traditional Greek Life at CU Denver

Graduate Advising Assistant

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.

>>Colorado State University-Pueblo Office of Student Affairs Practicum ExperiencePDF icon

>>United States Air Force Academy Center for Educational Innovation Practicum ExperiencePDF icon

>>UCCS Academic Advising

>>UCCS Career Center Practicum ExperiencePDF icon

>>UCCS First Year ExperiencePDF icon

>>UCCS Global Engagement Office Practicum ExperiencePDF icon

>>UCCS Orientation Practicum ExperiencePDF icon

>>UCCS Residence Life and Housing PDF icon

>>Colorado College Residential and Campus Programs

>>Colorado College Campus Events Practicum Experience 

>>Colorado College Admissions Practicum Experience

>>Pikes Peak Community College TRiO Disabled Student Support Services Practicum Experience

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)

Summer Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5010 - Personal and Professional Development in Student
Affairs in Higher Education
3Leadership/Personal and Ethical Foundations/Values, Philosophy, and History

Fall Semester

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

Spring Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5260 - Counseling & Student Development Theories3Student Learning and Development/Advising and Supporting/Social Justice and Inclusion
LEAD 5210 – Counseling and Helping Skills in Higher Education3Advising and Supporting/Social Justice and Inclusion

Summer Semester

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5290 - Budgeting & Finance of Student Affairs in Higher Education3Organizational and Human Resource
LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics3Assessment, 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 Education3Law, Policy, and Governance
LEAD 5310 - Student Services Program Development & Evaluation3Assessment, Evaluation, and Research/Student Learning and Development

Spring

Course/TitleSemester CreditsAlignment ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
LEAD 5110 - Culturally Responsive Practices in Higher Education OR LEAD 6000 - International Study of Higher Education3Social Justice and Inclusion
LEAD 6830 - Practicum for Student Affairs in Higher Education3Varies based on responsibilities and student's desired learning outcomes

The SAHE program has taken 39 students abroad through the LEAD 6000: Internationalization of Higher Education course since 2013. Occurring biennially, students have studies abroad to Ireland (2013), Italy (2015), and London, Paris, and Amsterdam (2017). Through the course, students immerse themselves in an international study of higher education through an overseas experience, which includes site visits to higher education institutions abroad. 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 location.

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
    • Click to Enroll 

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Group eating dinner in London
Group eating dinner in Oxford
Group photo in Holland
Group in front of the Eiffel Tower
 
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