Higher Education / Student Personnel This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MA
Department : Child, Family and Community Sciences Option : Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://education.ucf.edu/highered/


The Higher Education/Student Personnel Track in the Educational Leadership MA program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in student personnel administration in higher education and education-related fields.


The Higher Education/Student Personnel track in the Educational Leadership MA program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including six credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of specialization, three credit hours of electives, six credit hours of professional field experience, and passing a comprehensive exam at the end of studies.

Given the focus of the program, this master's degree does not lead to fulfillment of K-12 teacher certification requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required:
39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 credit hours) OR EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)

Specialization—24 Credit Hours

Select 8 courses from the following list.

  • EDH 6635 Organization and Administration of Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6065 History and Philosophy of Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6505 Finance in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6935 Capstone Seminar in Student Personnel (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6407 Ethical and Legal Issues in College Student Personnel (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6634 Student Personnel Services in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6044 Career Exploration in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6047 Theories of College Student Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6105 Retention Strategies in Colleges and Universities (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—3 Credit Hours

  • Electives approved by adviser

Professional Field Experience—6 Credit Hours

  • EDH 6946 Higher Education Internship (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6947 Practicum in Student Personnel (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

Both an internship and practicum are required for completing the degree, in addition to a capstone seminar.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with one being from a staff, administrator, or faculty at a college or university familiar with your involvement or engagement in postsecondary education.
  • Resumé.
  • Personal statement explaining your past, present, and future involvement in events or activities related to your development in College Student Personnel.

An individual and group interview may be required.  The Higher Education/Student Personnel track admits in fall term only.

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Higher Education / Student Personnel *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.