Student Affairs

Program Goals


Thank you for your interest in the UCLA Master’s Degree of Education in Student Affairs (MSA). This program is designed to provide early-career professionals with knowledge, skills and a social justice perspective in the areas of student development theory, foundations of higher education, student affairs administration, research and assessment. Our unique program is a partnership between the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS) and UCLA’s Division of Student Affairs. It is housed in the GSEIS Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC). With this powerful partnership between the UCLA Student Affairs and GSE&IS, students in the MSA program have the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the leading practitioners and researchers in higher education and student affairs.

UCLA offers a unique opportunity for MSA students to experience the challenges and opportunities of a world-class research university while meeting the important need of preparing student affairs professionals for positions in public and private colleges and universities as well as community colleges. Students enrolled in the MSA program explore prevailing research and theories impacting the field of student affairs while also acquiring a range of professional experiences. This exceptional mix of research and practice is the cornerstone of a top, world-class student affairs program, and we are excited that you are interested in learning more about the unique educational opportunities awaiting you in the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs program.


Christine Wilson, Ph.D.
Co-Program Director

Robert Naples, Ed.D.
Co-Program Director

Linda Sax, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty Director

Mission Statement

Students and faculty affiliated with the M.Ed. in Student Affairs program are committed to enacting the principles articulated in the HEOC mission statement:

The HEOC Division of the GSE&IS Department of Education represents the School’s commitment to excellence, equity, and social justice within higher education and to a steadfast belief in the transformatory nature of higher education as an institution of social change. To this end, the purview of the HEOC Division encompasses:

  • research and scholarship aimed at furthering a critical understanding of higher education and its role in society;
  • developing in practitioners of higher education the skills necessary for visionary leadership, community building, and responsible citizenship;
  • providing service to our local, state, and national communities aimed at the improvement of higher education, and in general, the furthering of education for all people.

We acknowledge a pluralism of values, an interdependence of communities, and a diversity of thought in all aspects of our Division in our quest for continuous improvement and understanding of society through education.

The intentional design and facilitation of Student Affairs M.Ed. curricular and experiential learning opportunities in accordance with the HEOC Mission Statement contributes to the cultivation of student affairs professionals who are committed to and capable of advancing a social justice mission within student affairs organizations and higher education institutions.