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Rosemont College Launches New Master’s Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

Katie DuBoff - May 7, 2021

Program provides fully funded option for full-time students;
enrollment for Fall 2021 now open. 
Applications for those interested in a fully funded spot must apply by June 1, 2021. 

Rosemont College has announced a new master’s degree program in higher education and student affairs administration (M.Ed. HESAA)With an emphasis on the role of equity and engagement in retaining and supporting students, and a desire to provide fully funded opportunities for full-time students, Rosemont College deepens its commitment to providing universal access to quality higher education. Candidates will earn their degree while working directly in student affairs administration on Rosemont’s campus in suburban Philadelphia. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to enter fields such as residence life, student activities, diversity and belonging, health and wellness, student leadership, advising, admissions, and more.

Applications are now available for enrollment in the Fall 2021 semester.  

The selective program provides up to 18 full-time students a fully funded master’s degree program, including tuition, room and board, on Rosemont College’s campus. Prospective students who do not gain one of the fully funded spaces can enroll at the current graduate tuition rate. Students will supplement courses with a variety of substantive, semester-long practicum experiences throughout the program, rotating across several units of the campus including academic support, athletics, career services, civic engagement, diversity and belonging, mission and ministry, residence life, student leadership, study abroad, and more. Students will complete a 39-credit hour program over two years (11 courses, 4 semesters of practicum). Part-time status is also available. 

“The HESAA program at Rosemont goes beyond ensuring students have the higher education administrative skills they will need to thrive in student affairs settings,” said Dr. Mika Nash, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student AffairsWith its focus on the role equity and belonging in providing strong administrative expertise for the colleges and universities of today and beyond, the program will broaden candidates’ world view and empower them to be leaders who will make meaningful change on college campuses as they support students on their higher education journeys toward completion. 

Rosemont’s MEd HESAA program is centered around three areas of focus: social justice in improving students’ academic and co-curricular journeys, higher education administration skills and tools, and the essential operational and organizational expertise for the student affairs practitioner. The MEd in HESAA prepares education professionals to create intentionality, currency, and responsiveness in college communities through a depth of understanding of the historical, social, and cultural foundations of higher education. 

These HESAA graduate students will live and work at Rosemont and be immersed in an intentionally diverse and vibrant campus community that aims to represent a microcosm of the increasing social awareness that exists in the world,” said Dr. Nash. Through their course and practicum experiencesstudents will engage first-hand in the complexity related to fostering a college community that understands, respects, and invests in an environment where students feel seen, heard, and valued. They will deepen their understanding of complex topics such as higher education law, policy, planning, and finance to guide professional practice, understanding the role of belonging in retention, developing culturally aware programming, student identity development, systemic bias in higher education, and will learn how to broker and facilitate critical conversations about increasingly important topics for students entering the higher education workforce. 

To learn more about the programdegree requirements, and application, please visit: https://www.rosemont.edu/masters-hesaaApplications for those interested in a fully funded spot must apply by June 1, 2021. 

Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational institution that is rooted in Catholicism and welcomes people of all faiths. Rosemont offers a comprehensive education through small group and experiential learning experiences while providing campus-wide academic, spiritual, and professional support. The College respects and embraces diversity and individuality and promotes students’ lifelong success. For more information, visit www.rosemont.edu