Student Affairs in Higher Education
Thank you for your interest in the SAHE program at UCCS! If you have questions about the Admissions process or the program after reviewing the welcome video and reviewing the information below, please reach out to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Patty Witkowsky, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to schedule a phone or in-person interest/informational meeting, please contact the Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 to schedule it.
This cohort program admits approximately 20-25 students each year and coursework begins each SUMMER semester (mid-July).
Admission deadline for those interested in participating in the Graduate Assistantship process: December 15th
Admission deadline for those not interested in participating in the Graduate Assistantship process: March 1st
Online Application: Applications for admission to the MA Leadership Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education must begin with completion of the online Graduate application found at: Apply Now! The application deadline is February 1st to be considered for the SAHE cohort the following summer.
Fee: Pay the $60.00 application fee.
Career Goals Statement: Upload your career goals statement into the online application and include responses to the following prompts. Please limit your narrative to 1500 words.
- What are your reasons for applying to this program?
- What are your professional career goals? And how does this program align with your goals?
- In what ways have your life experiences, your work, and your volunteer activities prepared you for a career in student affairs?
- What do you bring to the program that will benefit your student colleagues?
- What personal strengths will enhance your ability to be successful in this program?
- What factors might limit your ability to complete this program?
- Are you seeking assistantship opportunities? If so, which area of student affairs would interest you most for an assistantship position?
- What other factors do you believe are important for consideration in evaluating your application?
Professional Résumé: Upload your professional résumé (please include relevant paid work and volunteer experience where applicable)
Tuition Classification Form: Complete and upload the Tuition Classification Form
References: List the name, title/organization, and email of three references. They will be emailed the SAHE recommendation form/instructions. Ideally, one reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current or former supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague. However, applicants who completed their undergraduate degree more than 5 years ago may replace the former instructor reference with another current or former supervisor who can speak to professional abilities.
Background Check: All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school and clinical practicum and internship sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work. Current Colorado school or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their Colorado license or background check results.
*International applicants only complete this step if they have lived in the United States for more than one year.
Instructions for completing your background check are below:
- Go to website: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/Index.aspx
- Click on Individuals
- Pay $6.85 to receive the results
- Print a copy of the background check and email/mail your background check or proof of licensure to the College of Education Student Resource Office (email@example.com) as part of admissions materials.
Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.75 required for admission*) of all academic work ever completed to date (undergraduate and/or graduate GPA must be included on transcripts) directly to:
Office of Admissions
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733
*Students with a GPA below 2.75 may still apply and if admitted provisionally, must complete the first two courses in the program with a B or better to continue in the program.
Admissions Interview: Once ALL application materials are received (including receipt of all three completed reference forms), prospective students should contact the Student Resource Office at (719) 255-4996 to schedule a formal (phone or in-person) interview for program admission.
Additional items of note for International applicants: English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (719) 255-7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.
Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/members.htm), AACRAO (http://www.aacrao.org/) or World Education Services/Wes (https://www.wes.org/).
Financial Aid Resources
The financial aid priority filing date is March 1st annually.
Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Students available at:
Financial Aid Office:https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/
Graduate School: //www.uccs.edu/graduateschool/uccs-finances
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.