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Learn how to apply to the Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.). 

Important Dates for Fall 2020

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
December 16, 2019
2. Program application January 13, 2020
3. Transcripts & GRE scores due January 13, 2020


Program Information Sessions are upcoming this Fall, click here for more information. Virtual and in-person sessions available.


Steps to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply to the Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.) Program:

  • You must first apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply.
  • Next, request official transcripts.
  • Then, submit the program application for the Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.) program.

1. Submit Cal State Apply

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

  • Please be sure to select the program on page 2 of the San Diego Graduate programs list:

    Education- Educational Leadership (Student Affairs in Postsecondary Education)

  • There is a $70 application fee to submit the Cal State Apply application.

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU Application) - Apply Now

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2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Test Scores and Transcripts page.

3. Apply to the Program

Submit the program application and required documents as directed below:

Required documents

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload:

Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application.  This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.
Prepare a resume or curriculum vitae.  We expect that this will at least include your education and work history, as well as your leadership experience and community activities.

Write a 500 word statement of purpose, double-spaced and at least size 12 font, that addresses the following questions:

    • Why are you interested in this graduate program?
    • How have your previous academic experiences prepared you to meet the academic demands of graduate education and learning outcomes of this graduate program?
    • How have your leadership experiences, community service/organizing activities, or professional experiences prepared you for success in this graduate program?
    • What are your professional goals? How will obtaining this degree facilitate your achievement of these goals?
    • Are there any other relevant insights you wish to add regarding your readiness for graduate education and/or your admission to this graduate program?
Contact two individuals who you have interacted with professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program application.

This will not be requested in the Program application, but will be requested through a survey AFTER submitting the Program Application.

If you are applying for a student affairs assistantship, please submit a one-page statement of interest in which you describe your interests, background, and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for the position(s) in which you are interested. View a list of Student Affairs Assistantships.  

Program application

Access the Online Program Application

Go to Program Application

4. Interviews

Immediately after the January deadline, all applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty in the ARPE department. Following this review, a select group of students will be invited to interview for admission to the program and for a student affairs assistantship (if applicable).  Assistantship interviews will be held in-person or via Skype (at the applicant’s preference) in late February. Students who did not apply or are not being considered for an assistantship will interview in-person or via Skype (at the applicant’s preference). Students will be notified of their admission status (admitted, denied, or waitlisted) shortly following the interview period. View information on discounts for travel and accommodations.