Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the criteria for admission into the HESA program?

A committee of HESA faculty and alumni/ae 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.

If the candidate's application is successfully forwarded for an on campus academic interview, candidates will be notified by email early in the spring semester.

Is there a minimum Grade Point Average or GRE score required for admissions?

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 Adviser), and higher education (e.g., Program Coordinator in Continuing Education, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, International Student Adviser). 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 applications and processes are the same as the full-time.

Do most HESA students have an assistantship?

Yes, but an assistantship is not required for enrollment in the HESA program.  Students are required to fulfill a professional practice requirement averaging 20 hours a week.  Details about the professional practice options are available on the curriculum page.  Most part-time HESA students have full-time positions within higher education. Practical experience and theory-to-practice are central tenets of the HESA program.

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 adviser?

Yes, each HESA student has a faculty adviser. 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).  Students are mentored by a significant number of UVM student affairs higher education professionals who supervise HESA students in practica and assistantships.  Further mentoring occurs during colleagial relationships formed during committee work and other opportunities available to HESA students.

What are some of the research and scholarship areas of interest for the HESA faculty?

Kathleen Manning has interests in research methods, cultural pluralism and anti-racism, and organizational theory. Jill Tarule writes about epistemology and identity development.  Deborah Hunter writes on recent trends and developments in higher education.

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.