Baylor University maintains a mission "to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community."

Christian Distinctive

The Baylor program is the only one of its size that integrates faith and learning while preparing men and women to become practicing student life professionals in positions throughout the world.

Partnership in Interdisciplinary Study

This program represents a partnership between the Student Life Division and the School of Education, offering opportunities for practical application of educational theory. Our interdisciplinary approach allows students to take what is learned about student developmental theory and to apply it through hands-on experiences at a major national university.

Work Experience

Graduate students have opportunities to complete apprenticeships in various departments within the Division of Student Life. At the completion of their degree program, they leave Baylor with a masters degree and two years of hands-on work experience in student life.


The Master of Science in Higher Education & Student Affairs includes a dedicated, in-house faculty consisting of practicing student life professionals with diverse experience and expertise. The program also uses experts who teach selected courses within the School of Education along with special guest lecturers.


Baylor's 735-acre campus is located on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, a Central Texas metropolitan area of 200,000. Seasons include mild winters and warm summers. Recreational and cultural activities are common throughout the community and region.

Access to Resources

In addition to vast campus resources, Baylor is a short driving distance to dozens of community and regional resources and educational facilities.


The Waco community maintains a low cost-of-living rate compared to national and regional standards. Baylor University charges no out-of-state tuition and provides opportunities for financial assistance to eligible students.