Student Affairs

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ISU — a student affairs leader

ISU Student Affairs graduates pursue a Master of Education degree with a specialization in Student Affairs. The ISU Student Affairs program draws students from all over the country because of our unique focus on:

  • Curriculum. Our program allows our students to round out their core curriculum courses by selecting additional courses in areas such as social justice, leadership and learning, and general student affairs. More  »
  • Faculty. Our nationally recognized faculty include a prominent textbook author.
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  • Practical experience. Our program integrates practical experience into curriculum with our assistantship requirement. We take the time to match students with an ideal assistantship in which they become practitioners, so students acquire skills by learning and doing. More  »

What is student affairs?

People who work in student affairs provide services, programs, and resources that help students learn and grow outside of the classroom. Some things that student affairs professionals do for students every day include:

  • Enhance student learning
  • Guide academic and career decisions
  • Mentor students
  • Promote leadership skills
  • Counsel students through crises

What do ISU Student Affairs M.Ed. graduates do?

Careers in student affairs are as diverse as the people who pursue them. From program coordinators to vice presidents of student affairs, there are many ways to make student affairs your profession. Student affairs departments on campus may include:

  • Multicultural programs
  • Student activities
  • Greek life
  • Residence life
  • Recreation/fitness centers
  • Financial aid
  • Women’s centers and programs
  • Student unions
  • Judicial affairs
  • Student organization advising
  • Admissions
  • Alumni programs
  • Student government advising
  • Leadership development
  • Campus museums/art
  • Career services
  • Study abroad
  • Wellness programs
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender programs
  • Support for students with disabilities
  • Veterans programs
  • New student orientation

What are some of the potential ISU assistantship placements?

One benefit of the ISU program is the required assistantship. We consider your skills and interests and carefully match you to the placement that is the best fit. Some placement examples include:

  • Department of Residence
  • Enrollment Services
  • Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Judicial Affairs
  • Program for Women in Science and Engineering
  • Office of Greek Affairs
  • Women’s Center

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  • Did You Know?

    Due to careful assistantship matching and placement, students are actively practicing work at ISU that they are learning about in the program curriculum.