Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Student Affairs (M.A.)
How to Apply
The GRE is no longer required to apply to this program.
Important Dates for Fall 2023
|1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
|December 15, 2022|
|2. Official transcripts due||January 12, 2023|
|3. Interviews (through Zoom)||February 22 and 23, 2023|
Program Information Sessions are upcoming this Fall, visit Student Affairs (M.A.) for more information. Virtual sessions available.
For this program, you are NOT required to complete the additional Interfolio program application. Instead, applicants must complete the Cal State Apply application and follow the directions below:
Steps to Apply
1. SUBMIT CAL STATE APPLY APPLICATION
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:
Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Student Affairs (MA)
- There is a $70 application fee to submit the Cal State Apply application.
Items Needed to Complete the Cal State Apply Application
Please submit the following required documents via email to [email protected]
Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) from your degree institution and email them to [email protected]. You can email other schools' transcripts as well, but faculty are most interested in your degree transcript. 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.
Statement of Purpose
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, involvement in supporting equity, diversity & inclusion initiatives, or your 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?
Letters of Recommendation
Contact two individuals who you have interacted with professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you.
2. Wait to Request Official Transcripts
Please wait to request these official transcripts until after you have submitted the Cal State Apply application, then request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions at Submitting Your Transcripts. If you send them in before you submit the application, they will take longer to process.
If you attended SDSU for your undergraduate degree, you can skip this step—we have this information already on file.
3. Complete the Graduate Assistantship survey
If you plan to apply for a student affairs graduate assistantship, please prepare 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 Graduate Assistantships.
In late December or early January, you will receive a Qualtrics survey or Google form through email where you will be able to rank your Graduate Assistantship preferences and upload a statement (described above) and resume. The resume can be the same (or slightly revised) from the one included in your Cal State Apply application.
Immediately after the December 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 graduate assistantship (if applicable). Program and Graduate Assistantship interviews will be held virtually in mid February. Students who do not apply for a Graduate Assistantship will be invited for a program interview only. Students will be notified of their admission status (admitted, denied, or waitlisted) shortly following the interview period.