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Higher Education and Student Affairs

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program area consists of graduate degree programs in Higher Education and College Student Personnel. Our primary mission is to prepare people for leadership roles in colleges, universities, and other agencies devoted to adult learning. Adult learning occurs not only in traditional institutions of Higher Education, but also in business and industry, social and government agencies; the military and health care organizations.

These programs differentiate application and theoretical conceptualizations according to degree level. The masters programs focus on the development and application of skills, while the doctoral programs emphasize the study, development, and testing of theoretical concepts. Students progress through the degree levels from M.Ed. or Ph.D. while increasing integration among the components of the individual, organization, and society. The graduate programs are:

Application forms and admissions information are available at:

If you are a graduate of the HESA program and would like to recommend a future student, please fill out the form at the link attached below:

Ohio HESA Recruitment Form

For more information on the program please contact:

Higher Education and Student Affairs 
Department of Counseling and Higher Education 
McCracken Hall 432, Athens, OH 45701