Why is our program right for you?
Each HESA student is assigned an academic advisor from the faculty. The academic advisor serves as a resource to students for academic issues or concerns. The academic advisor also meets once a year with the HESA student and his or her assistantship supervisor to evaluate how things are going and to discuss how theory is being practiced through the assistantship position.
Each first-year HESA student is paired with a second-year student who serves as his or her Graduate Colleague (GC). GCs serve as resources for first-year students regarding all aspects of the HESA program experience — academics, assistantship, practicum internship, UVM, and the greater Burlington community. GCs often invite their first-year students to sit on their Comprehensive Exam defense committee in the spring.
Our fall orientation allows first-year HESA students the opportunity to become more acquainted with UVM, the HESA program, and their cohort of fellow students. Workshops are held to address the adjustment to graduate school. A concluding barbecue is held in the Green Mountains.
Funding opportunities are available to students through assistantships, full-time work, and graduate travel stipends to professional and academic conferences. Scholarship opportunities are available to students through research with faculty and also through The Vermont Connection.
The Vermont Connection
The Vermont Connection, our student affairs journal, serves many purposes to the HESA community. The student-run scholarly journal provides a venue for students to publish and edit their own and others' writing. The Vermont Connection also maintains contact with a spirited and active network of HESA alumnx by maintaining a directory, sharing a newsletter, and hosting receptions at both ACPA and NASPA conferences each year.
While many UVM HESA students maintain an assistantship, each HESA student also gains experience in three other offices at UVM or another nearby school. These semester-long practicum internships allow HESA students to explore other role models, programs, and work settings while earning credit toward their degree.
Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Our 40-credit-hour program designed to be completed within two years for full-time students and within three years for part-time students.
During the second year, all students participate in a career development seminar developed by Jackie Gribbons. Its purpose is to help second-year students clarify personal/professional aspirations and to enable each student to integrate theory and practice within a structured resume, cover letter, and interview format for their job search process.
Graduates from the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program pursue careers as professionals in colleges and universities, as well as in fields related to higher education throughout the country.
Many professionals in this field serve as policy makers, advisors, student service providers, researchers, programmers, consultants, and administrators. Common to each functional area in student affairs and higher education is the goal to design environments conducive to students' growth and development.