Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (MA)

Program Highlights: 

  • Offers a professional pathway to advance your career goals as an effective administrator, educator, and leader in higher education
  • Provides professional faculty experts, real-world experiences, and opportunities to explore career options
  • Designed for working students and professionals with evening classes  
  • 30 semester hour program formatted to be completed in 2 years 

For additional program specific information, visit the School of Education.

Graduate School Application

Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Goals: Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs
    • You may include a Word document to supplement the PDF form if you require more space for your statement of goals
  • Current Resume  
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required
      • International Applicants; All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admission decision 
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • International Applicants: An official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is additionally required  
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

Application Timeline: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadline: 

  • Fall Semester: July 19
  • Spring Semester: December 7
  • Summer Semester: May 30

Program Contact: 

  • Chris Greene | | 503.943.7135

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services