Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy (HESI)

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The Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education (HESI) program is committed to advancing the positive role education can have in society. Our faculty and students study core facets of the education system; this includes the functioning and impact of colleges and universities, student learning and development in higher education, and the enactment and implementation of K-18 and nonformal education policies in an international context. HESI offerings are characterized by a particular emphasis on social justice, diversity, policy, and system change. Our students and faculty are scholars, practitioners, change agents, and innovative leaders active in universities, as well as in national and international organizations and policy-making bodies. The program is a collaborative community that develops theory, conducts research and translates these to practice, and engages students, educators, and professionals in the advancement of education.

The HESI programs offers three areas of concentration: Higher Education; Student Affairs; and International Education Policy. Please only include one area of concentration on the application. Before applying students should familiarize themselves with each concentration area and choose the one that most closely fits their own particular needs and aspirations. The College of Education website (http://www.education.umd.edu/) offers descriptions of all the concentrations, faculty profiles and contact information, and is an essential resource for all applicants.

Graduate Degrees Offered: M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Note that, as of 2012, the HESI graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. Previously, Student Affairs was part of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services and Higher Education and International Education Policy were part of the Department of Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Education.

Admissions Information

To be recommended for full admission to a doctoral or master's program, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 is required for doctoral programs. Of the three scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, analytic), at least one should be at the 70th percentile or higher for PhD applicants (40th percentile or higher for master's applicants) and none should be under the 40th percentile for PhD applicants. If the Miller Analogies Test is used, the score should be at least at the 70th percentile for PhD applicants (40th percentile for master's applicants). Students who do not meet one of these requirements, but show other evidence of outstanding potential, may be considered for provisional admission. For more information on admissions please refer to our website at http://www.education.umd.edu/chse and click on prospective students.

No SPRING deadlines

Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Deadline: December 1

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Deadline: December 1

Application Requirements

1. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended

2. Three Letters of Recommendation

3. Statement of Goals, Research Interests and Experiences

4. Scholarly writing sample for doctoral and master's applicants to the Higher Education and International Education Policy areas

5. Resume/vita

6. GRE or Miller Analogy Test

7. It is recommended that, if possible, prospective students talk with concentration coordinators and faculty, and visit classes, to help determine if a particular concentration is appropriate to their academic interests and professional goals. For detailed information about our programs please visit our website at http://www.education.umd.edu/chse.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts or Master of Education (M.A. or MEd)
* For Higher Education, the minimum number of credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree required of MA degree students is 36 credit hours.

* For International Education Policy, the minimum number of credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree for the MA degree is 30.

* For Student Affairs, which offers the MA and MEd, 40 credits beyond the bachelor's degree are required.

* Field experience is required for all concentrations except International Education Policy.

* In Student Affairs, MA students must do a thesis. MEd students complete a seminar paper.

* MA students in Higher Education and International Education Policy may do a thesis. If they choose the non-thesis option they must submit a seminar paper.

* MEd students must do a seminar paper and a comprehensive examination.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
* Ph.D. students in Higher Education and International Education Policy are required to take a minimum of 90 credits beyond the bachelor's degree, some of which may be satisfied by prior study.

* Ph.D. students in Student Affairs are required to take 66 credits beyond the Master's degree.

* In addition to major and elective courses, each concentration requires 15 to 18 credits in research methods and 12 credits of dissertation research.

* After students have completed most of their course work, a take-home comprehensive examination is required.


Facilities and Special Resources

Faculty and students in the Department work closely with area schools, colleges, universities, associations and other education-related organizations. Extensive resources in the Washington, D.C., area, including international agencies and non-governmental organizations, provide exceptional opportunities for internships, field experiences, and research to enhance formal course experiences.

Financial Assistance

The Department has a very limited number of merit-based fellowships and graduate assistantships available to students. Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students in March only for the following fall semester. Assistantships are also awarded in the spring for the following fall semester, but occasionally an assistantship may become available at another time of year. A large number of assistantships are also available throughout campus, and many students regularly find assistantships in other departments and offices on campus. Both fellowships and assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. It is to the student's advantage to apply well before the published application deadlines and to submit a complete application package if they intend to be considered for a fellowship, assistantship, or other form of financial aid. It is a requirement that a student be admitted as a condition of eligibility. International students' applications are not considered complete and are not reviewed by the Department until they have received clearance from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), which can take additional time. If you need information about ISSS clearance visit the ISSS website at http://www.umd.edu/ies. For more information on financial assistance, see the department web site: http://www.education.umd.edu/chse/admissions/finance.

Contact Information

For Additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: http://www.education.umd.edu/chse/

Carol Ordiales Scott, Graduate Coordinator
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education University of Maryland 3214 Benjamin Building
3214 Benjamin Bldg College Park
MD  20742
Telephone: 301-405-8384
Fax: 301-405-9995


Sean Pepin/Graduate Assistant for Student Affairs
3214 Benjamin Bldg
College Park
MD  20740


Nina Daoud/Graduate Assistant for Higher Education & International Education Policy
3214 Benjamin Bldg
College Park
MD  20740


Courses: EDPL

Related Programs and Campus Units

Education: Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education

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