Concordia makes your career in higher education possible

Chances are you’ve benefited greatly from somebody with a master's degree in higher education. Think of your life as a student, and you’ll understand exactly how important professionals in this field can be to student success. From resident life and student activities to academic advising, campus ministry, and more, our program allows you the opportunity to become a leader in academia and make a positive difference in today’s high schools, colleges, and universities.

Credits 36
Cost Per Credit $669

We are committed to engaging your mind and spirit for service to Christ in the church and the world.


$1000s in new scholarships exclusively for adult and post-traditional learners.

View Scholarships

Questions? We’re here to help

Our team is available to help you as you consider the next step in your education.

Get answers to your questions

Our team is standing by to assist you with additional program details, financial aid options, and admissions questions.

Concordia University will not share your personal information. By submitting this form you agree to be contacted about Concordia's Education Offerings.
Program Overview

A Master of Science in student personnel administration in higher education (SPAHE) will prepare you in mind, body, and spirit – through courses grounded in student affairs – to provide you with a better understanding of how to bring your “whole self” to your profession. Whether you’re an associate dean, a director in admission, or a leader in resident life, you’ll graduate from this program with a strong understanding of how to be the kind of servant-leader students and faculty need.

This degree is offered through our sister campus, Concordia University Wisconsin. Qualifying students are eligible for Uncommon Scholarships.

What to Expect

Our higher education master's program is designed for professionals seeking to create a world-class environment in universities and colleges. It may be completed in one year by doubling up courses, or two to three years if you're seeking a slower pace. Additionally, our curriculum allows you to take one Ed.D. course as an elective and seamlessly transition into our online doctorate in education.

You’ll study the basics of student affairs administration and learn how generational, social, racial, ethnic, and religious diversity impacts the campus environment. You’ll also gain an understanding of the legal issues that crop up between public and private institutions and their governing boards, administrators, faculty, student affairs staff, and governmental bodies. Our curriculum explores higher education law, the role of law on campus, and the relationship between the law and the work in student affairs and athletics. We've integrated field experience into various course assignments and internship opportunities, and we have intentionally selected a wide array of instructors from different colleges and universities. Not only will you build a holistic, Christ-centered foundation in higher education, but you'll build a robust professional network.

Concentrations / Specializations
  • Administration
  • Athletic Administration
  • Online

Questions? We’re here to help