Applications for the fall 2018 semester are being reviewed on a space-available basis. Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to the HESA program. For information on admissions, visit the admissions requirement section. The priority deadline for fall 2019 and to be considered for HESA Interview Days will be December 15, 2018.
Study Abroad Tour 2018
HESA looks forward to hosting our second study abroad tour in May 2018 titled: Higher Education in Singapore and Malaysia.
HESA student earns national and state awards - Justine Morneau, a master’s degree candidate at Western Michigan University in higher education and student affairs (HESA) leadership is one of only 12 graduate students from across the country to receive a 2018 NIRSA-William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award. Justine is also a graduate assistant for facilities in WMU's University Recreation department and is from Bad Axe, Michigan. She was presented with the honor on Sunday, March 4, by the NIRSA: School of Collegiate Recreation organization during its annual conference in Denver, Colorado.
Five HESA Students Obtain Competitive Internships
Five students from the higher education and student affairs (HESA) leadership concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership have been selected for nationally competitive summer 2018 internship placements. Congratulations students!
- Kaitlynn Abbott received an Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) internship working as residence life intern at the University of California- Channel Islands in Camarillo, California.
- Julie Ingoldsby received an ACUHO-I internship working as the operations intern in the Residence Life Dept. at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Anthony Perez received an ACUHO-I internship working as a summer conference intern at Louisiana State University in n Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Erin Wendover received an internship with the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Miami University of Ohio and at Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Headquarters both located in Oxford, Ohio. This summer internship is a partnership between the two organizations.
- Jeremy Wu received an ACUHO-I internship working as the administration and academic initiative intern in the Office of Residential Life at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California.
The higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program focuses on developing reflective practitioners for entry- and mid-level positions in higher education. The program emphasizes a practitioner-scholar model to combine a broad-based student development and leadership theory core with required individualized field experiences. Distinctive to the program is an emphasis on the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness in higher education. One of the ways this is actualized is through a required and individually designed diversity cognate. Learn more about the higher education and student affairs leadership concentration.
Are you considering applying to graduate school in higher education and student affairs (HESA)? We consider the application process an educational one and encourage prospective students to explore the profession of student affairs as well as find out more about our HESA program to ensure a good fit! Various sections of our website have information about exploring the profession, program mission and goals, admissions requirements, courses and answers to frequently asked questions. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure priority and full review of your higher education and student affairs (HESA) application (certificate and cohort), and to be eligible for higher education and student affairs leadership interview days, please complete all parts of your application and make sure they reach us, including references, no later than Dec. 15 of each year. Generally, students who apply by the deadline will be notified by late January.
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ALUMNI INFORMATION and HESA GIVING
The HESA alumni are around the world. We love to hear from you. Alumni information, contact forms, opportunities to get involved and the HESA alumni newsletters are here.
HESA students do amazing things! If you would like to support HESA student scholarships, programs and community development, we would love to hear from you. Visit the HESA MyWMU page to give now.
- Dr. Ramona Lewis, faculty specialist II, higher education and student affairs (HESA) faculty program coordinator
- Dr. Donna Talbot, professor and chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
- Dr. Eric Archer, assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
- Dr. Wanda Hadley, assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
- Dr. Kahler Schuemann, secretary to the Board of Trustees, WMU
- Mr. Brian Dietz, associate dean of students, director of student involvement at the Hicks Center, Kalamazoo College
- Mr. Christopher Sligh, director, Office of Student Engagement, WMU
- Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs, Division of Student Affairs, WMU
- Mr. Evan Heiser, director, WMU Signature
- Ms. Jayne Frayley-Burgett, director, Disability Services for Students, WMU