PASA

Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) Progressive Degree

This program is designed for USC undergraduate students with 64-96 completed units (typically undergraduate juniors) who want to begin completing the requirements for the Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) degree while also completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program will equip you with a broad understanding of the key aspects of higher education administration, including student affairs, student development, legal issues, identity and diversity and the history of higher education. You will select two courses that align with your interests or career goals. 

Progressive degree benefits:

  • Reduced time to a master’s degree: Complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years, rather than the typical six. 
  • Reduced cost to obtain both degrees: You may qualify to pay undergraduate tuition rates for master’s degree coursework completed while you are an undergraduate, reducing the overall cost of obtaining both degrees.
  • Waive courses in the master’s degree program with qualifying minor classes for further reduced time-to-degree and overall cost (USC Rossier minor pathway only).

Familiarize yourself with the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs program, including the curriculum and cost of attendance prior to applying to the progressive degree.

USC Rossier Minor Pathway

If you enroll in one of USC Rossier’s minor programs while an undergraduate student, you can waive courses in the Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program with courses completed in the minor. 

Minor in Education and Society 

Courses completed in the Minor in Education and Society Waived courses in the PASA program 
EDUC 422: Education and Social Change in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDHP 560: Identity and Diversity (3 units)
EDUC 426: Educational Inquiry for Equity (4 units) EDUE 571: Research Methods and Data Analysis (3 units)

Minor in Dynamics of Early Childhood

Courses completed in the Minor in Dynamics of Early Childhood Waived courses in the PASA program 
EDUC 422: Education and Social Change in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDHP 560: Identity and Diversity (3 units)
EDUC 426: Educational Inquiry for Equity (4 units) EDUE 571: Research Methods and Data Analysis (3 units)

Traditional Pathway 

If you apply to a progressive degree program without prior coursework in a USC Rossier minor, you will need to complete all required coursework for the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs degree. However, as a progressive degree student, you will begin Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs program coursework prior to completing your undergraduate degree.

Financial Aid

Progressive degree students are classified as undergraduate students until their undergraduate degree is conferred or they complete 144 units, whichever comes first. Review the USC Financial Aid webpage about progressive degree programs and contact USC Financial Aid with questions about progressive degree programs and your unique financial situation.

Scholarships

Use USC Rossier’s scholarship finder to identify external scholarships and funding opportunities. You do not have to be admitted to apply to these scholarships. Carefully note the scholarship application deadlines, which may occur before the program application deadline.

Program Details

Degree Awarded

Master of Education (ME)

Estimated Length

Contact Danelle Go, student advisor for PASA, to discuss your course plan 

Units

24-30

Program Cost

Varies based on your individual course plan

Modality

  • On Campus

Next Deadline

Rolling admission with a deadline of February 15, 2023

Start Date

Master’s level courses begin in the summer between your junior and senior year

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