What are the criteria for admission into the HESA program?
Faculty review the candidate's admissions folder (i.e., transcripts, essay, references, resume, and application) to assess 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.
Is there a minimum Grade Point Average or GRE score required for admissions?
No, there is no minimum score or GPA for admission into the HESA program
What kind of jobs do graduates of the HESA program obtain upon graduation?
Graduates obtain jobs in student affairs (e.g., Assistant Director of Career Development, Assistant Director of Student Activities, Director of Leadership Education, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators in Residence Life), academic affairs (e.g., Academic Advisor), and higher education (e.g., Program Coordinator in Continuing Education, Assistant Director of Financial Aid). The placement rate for recent graduates is 100% with nearly all graduates obtaining jobs by August after May graduation.
Can you attend the HESA program part-time?
Yes. The part-time application and process are the same as the full-time one.
Do most HESA students have an assistantship?
Yes, although most part-time HESA students have full-time positions in lieu of an assistantship. Practical experience is one of the central tenets of the HESA program, and the assistantship position is a crucial component.
How many students are enrolled in each cohort of the HESA program?
There are between 15 - 18 students in each cohort of the HESA program.
Will I have an advisor?
Yes, each HESA student has a faculty advisor. In addition, each first-year HESA student is matched with a member of the second-year cohort who serves as his or her mentor, known as the Graduate Colleague (GC).
What are some of the research and scholarship areas of interest for the HESA faculty?
Robert Nash writes on religious pluralism, ethics, and spirituality. Kathleen Manning has interests in research methods, cultural pluralism and anti-racism, and organizational theory. Deborah Hunter writes on recent trends and developments in higher education. Dorian McCoy has interests in the experiences of persons of color in higher education, the history of higher education, and student leadership.
What area(s) of the country are HESA students from?
The HESA program attracts a national pool of prospective students. The entering class is from all regions of the country with students predominantly from the Northeast, Midwest, South, and California.
Are there international students in the HESA program?
The HESA program has attracted international students including people from Brazil, Canada, and China.
Where are the HESA offices located?
The HESA offices are in 208 Mann Hall, Trinity Campus, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. The phone number is 802-656-2030. You may contact us through email here.