Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.) Program Application
On this page: Learn how to apply to the Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.).
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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.
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:
Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload:
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?
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.
Access the Online Program Application
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.