Want to combine your talent for leadership with your passion for working with students?

The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA) degree program at Binghamton University prepares graduates for entry- to mid-level management positions in higher education institutions. The MSAA program is ideally suited for those who wish to pursue careers in academic advising, admissions and enrollment management, career development and placement, financial aid, health services, judicial affairs, leadership development, multicultural affairs, non-traditional and commuter student services, residential life, services for students with disabilities, student activities, and student development and involvement. Coupled with sufficient professional experience, the MSAA may also serve as the foundation for students who want a career in upper administration, such as a dean of students or vice president for student affairs. Graduates of the MSAA program may also acquire skills that are desirable in organizations outside of academia. The curriculum for the MSAA degree program was designed to meet the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Standards.

Assistantships and funding

A majority of students in the SAA program are guaranteed University-funded assistantships. For more information or to set up a meeting about assistantship opportunities through the SAA department, contact Brianna King at bking.binghamton.edu or 607-777-2719.

The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton University also looks for students to serve in positions in offices, centers and departments across campus, including:

Visit the Division of Student Affairs to learn more and apply to assistantships on campus.

In addition, the College of Community and Public Affairs offers assistantships, scholarships and fellowships to its students based on varying criteria. Learn more about funding opportunities through CCPA

The Institute for Multigenerational Studies, housed in CCPA, is seeking a graduate student for Spring 2016, who will receive tuition and a stipend, for a part-time position at the institute. 

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The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA) prepares professionals

The MSAA degree program is grounded in both student development theory, and the concept of theory-to-practice-to-theory. Thus, an underlying goal of the program is to prepare professionals who have working knowledge of how student development theory is used in practice, and how practice serves to inform future theory development. We want our graduates to be comfortable discussing research relevant to their selected areas of work within Student Affairs and to feel qualified to contribute to knowledge production at a level appropriate to their experience. A secondary goal of the proposed program is to prepare administrative leaders and personnel who are comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds in positions that require decision-makers to respond to department/unit situations while taking into consideration how their decisions impact other systems (i.e., departments and/or divisions) within the institution. 

Last Updated: 11/25/15