Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs

The Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program prepares graduates for a variety of professional roles in higher education administration and student affairs, from academic advising to residential life, admissions to athletic programs. Graduates work in two- and four-year institutions, public research universities, private liberal arts colleges, graduate/professional schools, and for-profit institutions.

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Curriculum Overview

Through the combination of coursework, supervised fieldwork, and either the Master’s Seminar or Thesis option, PASA students acquire the knowledge, skills, and perspectives essential for success in a range of higher education settings.

Coursework Examples

  • Creating Communities of Interest
  • Student Affairs Work in College
  • Student Development in Higher Education

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Fieldwork provides students with an opportunity to gain supervised professionally relevant experience in a higher education setting.

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The resources for student affairs professionals are evolving, as are the opportunities to make change on campus. I’m happy to say that USC Rossier prepared me to be a successful professional.

Jess Evora – PASA – ‘13


The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, leadership abilities, and communication skills, both written and oral, meet the demands of the program and show promise for a successful career as a student affairs professional.

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Michelle Nelson Michelle Steinman
Assistant Director
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
(213) 740-0224