Frequently Asked Questions
MS in HESA
1. What can I read before classes start in the fall to prepare for the program?
You might want to become familiar with Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds by Richard J. Light, The Idea of a University by John Henry Newman, and The Uses of the University by Clark Kerr as well as student personnel services periodicals and journals.
2. How long is the program?
The master's program is a 22-month program. Students begin the program in August and complete the program in May.
3. Where may I get a copy of your student handbook and graduate catalog?
4. May I contact professors to discuss this program?
Please see the Faculty page to obtain information concerning our faculty, including their Baylor e-mail addresses.
5. If I am admitted to the program, will I have any opportunities to attend professional conferences?
During the second year of the program graduate apprentices are granted $500 through Student Life and $200 through the program in order to attend a professional conference, typically NASPA.
6. Where can I find more information about Baylor and the Waco community?
7. Does Baylor have a group health insurance plan for graduate students?
For more information about insurance plans, please contact an insurance representative by calling 1-888-308-7320 or 254-710-7425; writing to One Bear Place #97060, Waco, TX 76798-7060.
8. What types of jobs are available for individuals who obtain this degree?
This program prepares students for entry and mid-level student affairs positions and also serves as a vehicle of advancement for current student affairs administrators.
MS in HESA--Application
1. When are applications due?
The priority deadline is December 1, and the official deadline is January 1. We will accept applications after this date for our waitlist.
2. When does the program begin each year? Are new students admitted each semester?
The program begins each August. Students are admitted throughout the year.
3. What type of student should apply for the Baylor Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration graduate program? Do applicants need to have a specific academic background?
The Baylor Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration graduate program is a unique faith-based program that should appeal to students of many backgrounds. The program is designed for students who possess demonstrated leadership potential, a strong commitment to serving students, and motivation to improve higher education. The program is open to qualified students of all academic backgrounds who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution. Current students in the program possess undergraduate degrees from various academic areas and differing types of colleges and universities.
Students desiring a distinctively Christian higher education should apply for this graduate program. The Baylor program is unique among student affairs programs in its affirmation of Baylor's Christian mission and its desire to integrate academic pursuit and the Christian faith.
4. How do I apply?
5. What GRE or GMAT score and undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the program?
We recommend a combined GRE score of 300 for admission into the program. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for more information.
6. Who do I contact to check the status of my application?
To check the status of the application process contact Julie Baker.
MS in HESA--Coursework
1. May I transfer credit hours from another university?
No more than six hours of graduate work may be transferred into Baylor. These hours are subject to approval by the program director.
2. When do classes meet?
Course scheduling differs each semester. Students may have classes during the day, during the evening, or on Saturdays.
3. What does it mean to be part of a cohort?
Students who are accepted into the program each fall form a cohort of students who progress through the program together. These students take the same classes each semester. This procedure helps students build relationships with their peers and maintain connections with them throughout their careers.
4. How many hours of class do students take each semester?
Students register for nine hours of classes during the fall and spring semesters and six hours of classes during the summer term.
5. Since there is not a thesis required for the program, is there a final comprehensive exam?
No. After the conclusion of the first year of study, students complete a comprehensive exam. In the last semester of study, students take a capstone course. Both are designed to evaluate their knowledge base and help redirect their focus toward professional employment.
MS in HESA--Financial Aid
1. How may I get a list of tuition and fees?
Students who are accepted into the program with an apprenticeship will receive tuition remission and a monthly stipend. All students are required to pay the general student fee each semester. Please view our Financial Information page for more information.
2. When is the deadline for filing for financial assistance?
Prospective students desiring financial aid should submit their applications as soon as possible. Baylor has a number of sources from which outstanding graduate applicants can be funded for both tuition and stipend costs. However, these funds are often depleted well before our application deadline.
3. When should I begin looking for an assistantship/apprenticeship; do I have to have one in order to participate in the program?
Appointment to an apprenticeship is contingent upon acceptance into the Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration degree program.
4. May I change apprenticeships after one year or are the apprenticeships for two years?
Students are required to remain in their apprenticeship for two years in order to receive the most beneficial experience.
5. How much money will I receive for my apprenticeship?
Graduate students are paid biweekly on an hourly basis. During the academic semester, a graduate student who works 20 hours a week should expect earnings of approximately $4,000. Graduate students earn approximately $2,500 for working 20 hours a week during both summer sessions.
MS in HESA--New Students
1. How can I find a place to live?
The Off-Campus Housing Guide contains resources for students who are seeking to live off campus near Baylor.
2. How do I find out the name of my advisor?
Students are assigned an advisor upon admission to the program.
3. What if I prefer a different advisor, someone other than the one I have been assigned?
The program director works with students who have special requests.