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The Higher Education & Student Affairs program curriculum places emphasis on developing student affairs educators who are able to apply theories of college student development, organization, and administration to higher education environments. In addition, because of Baylor's unique position as a Christian research university, students explore the role of faith-based colleges and universities in American higher education.

Each fall, cohorts of about 15 full-time (and a small number of part-time) students are typically enrolled. Students come from various large public universities, small liberal arts colleges, and private institutions within the United States (and occasionally from abroad). Graduates serve at institutions across the country and work in a variety of higher education positions such as student affairs, enrollment management, fundraising, and academic support programs.