University of Vermont

Higher Education Student Affairs

Admissions Information

Admission to the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) graduate program is based on the candidate's academic potential, knowledge of higher education issues, exposure to student affairs, professional readiness, and commitment to the higher education and student affairs field.

The faculty assess the candidate's potential for successful completion of the degree program and ability to function effectively as a professional in a college and university setting. For applications and instructions, please click here.

Specific materials required for admission include:

  • undergraduate transcript(s),
  • three letters of reference,
  • resume (a resume is extremely important for HESA admissions consideration), and
  • Graduate College Admission Application including the student's Statement of Purpose.

Questions about whether your application materials are completed should be referred to Graduate College Admissions at 802-656-2699 or

Candidates advanced through the paper application process will be invited to campus for one of two interview sessions.  A campus visit to learn about the HESA program, University of Vermont, and Burlington area is required for admission. During this visit, a required academic interview with a HESA program faculty member will be held.  For those candidates applying for assistantships, interviews for those positions occur during the on campus visit.  Unfortunately, there are no substitutions (Skype or telephone interviews) for the on-campus visit.  The interview dates for the next admissions cycle are February 8-9 and 22-23, 2015.

The HESA program does not require the GRE for academic admissions.  GRE scores are also not required for all applicants seeking assistantship or university funding.

For information not found on our website, please contact the Higher Education and Student Affairs office at (802) 656-2030 or (For information on the status of your application, call Graduate Admissions at 802-656-2699 or

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