Master of Science: Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE)

Online Education Degree

 

Overview:

The Master’s Program in Student Personnel Administration seeks to prepare graduate students in mind, body, and spirit  through a program that is grounded in student affairs theory and practice applied from a Christian perspective. Completion of this program will equip you with the tools to improve the quality of campus life, foster a safe, healthy and respectful environment, support academic achievement and success, and promote leadership and civic engagement.

Area of Study Certificates
Next Start Date Varies
Credits

36

Cost/Credit

$579

Total Cost

$20,844

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Goals / Objectives

  • Study the basis of student affairs administration.
  • Strengthen servant-leadership skills
  • Learn how generational, social, racial, ethnic and religious diversity impacts the campus environment.
  • Understand the legal issues that arise between public and private institutions and their governing boards, administrators, faculty, student affairs staff, and governmental bodies.
  • Explore higher education law, the role of law on campus, and the relationship between the law and student affairs.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the SPAHE program have careers in various areas of higher education:

  • Academic Advising
  • Athletics
  • Campus Activities
  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Recreation
  • Residence Life
  • Student Life

Elective Courses

Below courses can be selected for both Administrative and Athletic Emphases

Issues in American Higher Education (SPA 510/810) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course places American higher education into a historical context examining the impact of society on the development of higher education. Introduces the student to current issues in American higher education.
Current Issues in Athletic Administration (SPA 511/811) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an in depth examination of contemporary issues and problems that exist in the sectors of interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport programs. Topics such as legal liability, gender equity, fiscal management, sports marketing, facility management, personnel management, and event scheduling are covered.
Student Programs and Assessment (SPA 525/825) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines the various aspects of program planning and specifically focuses on the role and practical application of assessment as an essential tool in an effective and comprehensive student affairs program. The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) is discussed and utilized as a method of program evaluation.
Organization And Management of Athletic Programs (SPA 526/826) - Credits: 3

Course Description

A study of administration, philosophy, standards, policies, and procedures utilized in the implementation of intercollegiate and interscholastic sport programs. This course is a comprehensive investigation of leadership styles, organizational structure and operations, human resources management, budget preparation, facility and event management, governance structures, and risk management.
Higher Education Adminstration (SPA 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines colleges and universities as organizations and the leadership and administration of this type of organization. Current theories of organizational behavior and governance will be reviewed applying this theory to real and hypothetical situations.
Fiscal Issues In Athletic Adminstration (SPA 531/831) - Credits: 3

Course Description

A comprehensive examination of principles in sport finance and economics and the impact of financial management on sport and facility business in athletic programs. This course will focus on the concepts of resource acquisition and financial management and the application of strategies and procedures for budget development and management, fund raising, sport income and expenditures, and risk/return of investment.
Internship II (SPA 597/897) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity to relate student personnel administrative theory to the applied student service profession. Placement will be made in an appropriate student service setting. A minimum of 150 hours per internship is required.
Internship III (SPA 598/898) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides the opportunity to relate student personnel administrative theory to the applied student service profession. Placement will be made in an appropriate student service setting. A minimum of 150 hours per internship is required.
Leadership for Change (EDG 833) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leadership for Change explores the process of change in the world of education. The course provides an overview of the sources, processes, and outcomes of change and the implications for dealing with change. The role of governments, teacher and administrator preparation, and professional development and the future of educational change are also reviewed.
Counseling Theories and Issues (COUN 543/843) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Counseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.
Fundamentals of Counseling (COUN 560/860) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Career Counseling Foundations (COUN 561/861) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Career Counseling Foundations refers to the life-long process of developing knowledge about the world of work. Skills and aptitudes, interests, personality characteristics, beliefs and values are all important aspects of career counseling. This course introduces a variety of theories and practices in career development and career counseling using career assessments and information sources.

Administrative Emphasis

Required Theory Courses. 24 credits.
SPA 811, 826, 831 may be selected as electives

Foundations of Student Personnel Administration (SPA 501/801) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The course introduces students to the field of student affairs administration as they examine the historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of the profession. The current nature of the work student affairs professionals perform, the skills and competencies required for the profession, and professional standards of the profession will be addressed.
Group Dynamics (SPA 506/806) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course applies concepts of small task-oriented group communication to the life and vocation experiences of participants, emphasizing servant-leadership skills.
Current Issues in Athletic Administration (SPA 511/811) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an in depth examination of contemporary issues and problems that exist in the sectors of interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport programs. Topics such as legal liability, gender equity, fiscal management, sports marketing, facility management, personnel management, and event scheduling are covered.
The American College Student (SPA 520/820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students from various generational, social, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds are entering college in ever increasing numbers. This course studies the impact these student have on the campus environment and the way in which the institution responds to its students.
Student Programs and Assessment (SPA 525/825) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines the various aspects of program planning and specifically focuses on the role and practical application of assessment as an essential tool in an effective and comprehensive student affairs program. The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) is discussed and utilized as a method of program evaluation.
Higher Education Adminstration (SPA 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines colleges and universities as organizations and the leadership and administration of this type of organization. Current theories of organizational behavior and governance will be reviewed applying this theory to real and hypothetical situations.
Legal Issues In Higher Education Administration (SPA 535/835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course surveys legal issues arising from the relationship between public and private colleges and universities and their governing boards, administrators, faculty, student affairs staff, and governmental bodies. Students explore higher education law, the role of law on campus, and the relationship between the law and the work in student affairs and athletics.
Educational Research Methods (SPA 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Education Research Methods examines the research tools available to design, implement and evaluate the formal study of the educational process in order to conduct research. The course includes the study of descriptive and experimental research methods, basic statistical methods as well as techniques of literature review and report writing, that is, the reporting of research.

Athletic Emphasis

Required Theory Courses. 24 credits.
SPA 810, 825, 830 may be selected as electives

Foundations of Student Personnel Administration (SPA 501/801) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The course introduces students to the field of student affairs administration as they examine the historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of the profession. The current nature of the work student affairs professionals perform, the skills and competencies required for the profession, and professional standards of the profession will be addressed.
Group Dynamics (SPA 506/806) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course applies concepts of small task-oriented group communication to the life and vocation experiences of participants, emphasizing servant-leadership skills.
Current Issues in Athletic Administration (SPA 511/811) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an in depth examination of contemporary issues and problems that exist in the sectors of interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport programs. Topics such as legal liability, gender equity, fiscal management, sports marketing, facility management, personnel management, and event scheduling are covered.
Educational Research Methods (SPA 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Education Research Methods examines the research tools available to design, implement and evaluate the formal study of the educational process in order to conduct research. The course includes the study of descriptive and experimental research methods, basic statistical methods as well as techniques of literature review and report writing, that is, the reporting of research.
The American College Student (SPA 520/820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students from various generational, social, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds are entering college in ever increasing numbers. This course studies the impact these student have on the campus environment and the way in which the institution responds to its students.
Organization And Management of Athletic Programs (SPA 526/826) - Credits: 3

Course Description

A study of administration, philosophy, standards, policies, and procedures utilized in the implementation of intercollegiate and interscholastic sport programs. This course is a comprehensive investigation of leadership styles, organizational structure and operations, human resources management, budget preparation, facility and event management, governance structures, and risk management.
Fiscal Issues In Athletic Adminstration (SPA 531/831) - Credits: 3

Course Description

A comprehensive examination of principles in sport finance and economics and the impact of financial management on sport and facility business in athletic programs. This course will focus on the concepts of resource acquisition and financial management and the application of strategies and procedures for budget development and management, fund raising, sport income and expenditures, and risk/return of investment.
Legal Issues In Higher Education Administration (SPA 535/835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course surveys legal issues arising from the relationship between public and private colleges and universities and their governing boards, administrators, faculty, student affairs staff, and governmental bodies. Students explore higher education law, the role of law on campus, and the relationship between the law and the work in student affairs and athletics.

Capstone Courses

3 Credits.

Thesis Completion Seminar (SPA 600/900) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The student works under the supervision of his/her advisor to complete the thesis begun during the Educational Research Methods course. Upon completion of the thesis, the Oral Defense of the study findings is scheduled with the Chair of the Thesis Committee.
Capstone Project (SPA 601/901) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in student personnel administration. Work will be structured to meet individual needs and problems of participants.
Portfolio (SPA 602/902) - Credits: 3

Course Description

A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits and shows evidence of the student’s efforts, progress, and achievements in the formal and informal coursework in the SPA Program as it relates to the Student Learning Program Outcomes (SLPO). Therefore, throughout the program, each student should accumulate artifacts that attest to the student’s growth and development (outcome) during the time the student has been in the program.

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