Program Admission



The Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration is a two-year, practitioner-oriented program, philosophically based in college student development and university administration. It is designed to prepare thoughtful, compassionate, first-line student and university service administrators armed with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to begin or enhance a career in the variety of settings in which such services are needed.

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Program Level Student Learning Outcomes


Candidates for the SAA degree will demonstrate mastery and application of foundational knowledge, theories, practices and skills of the student affairs profession to include:


Candidates for the SAA degree will demonstrate ethical professional behavior necessary for successful performance in the field.


Program Admission Requirements:

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Student Affairs Administration if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate College, which includes submitting immunization records for campus-based students.  
  2. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.70 or 3.0 on last 30 hours
  3. Applicants must submit two current letters of reference from faculty or staff at an educational institution who can attest to the candidates ability to work with students.
  4. Applicants must submit a current resume, highlighting any co-curricular experiences and/or student affairs experience.
  5. Applicants must submit a reflective writing sample demonstrating quality graduate writing to the following three (3) short-answer reflection items:
    1. Define student affairs and how you see yourself contributing to the field.
    2. Explain how your undergraduate grade point average reflects or does not reflect your ability to succeed at the graduate level.
    3. What can faculty and classmates expect from you in the classroom and/or virtual classroom? 

*Applicants will submit all the supplemental materials (resume, short answer responses, and reference letters) directly to the graduate college via the online application and official documents sent to or

Arkansas Tech University
Graduate Admissions
105 West O Street
Brown Hall, Suite 104
Russellville, AR 72801 USA

Applicants who fail to meet all requirements specified for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally to enroll for a maximum of twelve semester hours if they meet the minimum requirements for graduate admission  and have the approval of the program director. If a student was admitted conditionally based on grade point average, the condition will be met if upon completion of twelve semester hours a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is achieved.

The director of the program will assign a faculty advisor to each student admitted to the degree program. The advisor will assist the student in the design of a curriculum of study that leads to the fulfillment of degree requirements.

Subsequently, the academic advisor, the Department Graduate Committee, and the Graduate College monitor the students progress as they progress through the program. It remains, however, the students responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements.

Students are eligible for admission to candidacy for the degree upon the completion of twelve hours with a 3.00 grade point average or better and completion of all deficiencies. Students who do not submit an Application for Admission to Candidacy prior to the end of the semester in which the student becomes eligible will not be allowed to register for subsequent graduate classes.

In addition, we are encouraging students to submit their admission materials no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester as a priority admission date. Applicants submitting and accepted after the priority deadline will be considered if space is still available in SAA graduate classes.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of B or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the students major department and the Dean of Graduate College. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Dean of Graduate College. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit. Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Dean of Graduate College.