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2017 Admission Process
M.Ed. Student Affairs Degree Program


ELP operates one application cycle for admission to this degree program for fall term.**  All admission applications are due on Jan. 12, 2017 by 4 PM (MST).

**For the 2017 admission cycle, ELP will accept applications from individuals who are interested in a full-time graduate experience or a part-time experience.  Students who are in the full-time cohort are often on a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or scholarship.  These financial resources require students to be enrolled full-time in the degree program and do not offer tuition benefits for summer.

Students who enroll in the part-time cohort are often working full-time in a position that offers experience in student affairs and higher education.  Due to the amount of time spent in full-time employment, these students prefer to enroll in a part-time course schedule.  The table below offers some basic information about both cohort types.


Full-time Cohort

Part-time Cohort

Apply by

January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017

Apply for

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Number of terms

4 (no summer)

6 (with summer)

Number of credits/term

9 credits

6 credits

Complete Degree based on plan provided by ELP Dept.

May 2019

May 2019

(For more information, contact Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski at

Graduate Assistantship Note:  Students apply for graduate assistant opportunities at the same time as they apply for admission, except for Housing & Residential Education (HRE) assistantships.  HRE assistantship process is handled separately.  Learn more here:

Application Information & Deadline:  All applications must be received by Thursday, January 12, at 4:00 pm, MST.

Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and selected applicants will be invited to interview via SKYPE or phone with faculty in early February.  After faculty interviews, admissions decisions will be announced and admitted students will be invited to Campus Preview Days on March 2 & 3, 2017.

Campus Preview Days includes an overview of the Master’s degree with an emphasis in Student Affairs program, interaction with current students, graduates, and faculty, interviewing for graduate assistantships, and an opportunity to learn more about the U of U campus and community.  Friday, March 3 will consist of interviews for graduate assistantships with Directors from the Division of Student Affairs and off-campus offerings. Applicants were asked to include graduate assistantship interests that are listed on the website (

Applicants not able to travel to campus for Preview Days may schedule graduate assistantship interviews through Skype or a similar video program. Detailed information about the interview itinerary will be available in 2017 when invitations are extended to select applicants.

*Selected applicants who are only pursuing a graduate assistant positions in HRE will receive an invitation from ELP to interview with the faculty in early February.  HRE Personnel will be available for graduate assistant interviews during Campus Preview Days in March, or the applicant can meet them at Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE) in late February.  HRE invites selected applicants to campus in late March for a final interview.  Applicants for this degree program and assistantships in HRE will receive constant updates on their status for admission and selection for HRE.


Apply Yourself Link Goes Live for Fall 2016

October 3, 2016

Application Deadline For All

January 12, 4:00pm, MST, 2017

Interviews with ELP Faculty

February  7, 8, 9, 10, 2017

Notification of Admissions Decision to M.Ed. Student Affairs

Week of Feb. 13th, 2017

Campus Preview Days

March 2 & 3, 2017

Interviews for Division of Student Affairs Assistantships

March 3, 2017

Interview at OPE for HRE assistantships

February 23-26, 2017

Notification of Graduate Assistantship Offers for Division of Student Affairs & Off-campus (Not HRE/AREC)

March 9, 2017

Notification of Graduate Assistantship Offers for HRE/AREC

March 22, 2017


Application Instructions (For full-time and part-time cohort admissions)

Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the University of Utah Apply Yourself (AY) online application system (see link below). Please note that the master’s degree with an emphasis in student affairs program does not require a GRE test score.

Under the Program Information section on the AY application, first choose your program of interest, which is Educational Leadership & Policy MED. Then choose your area of emphasis – Student Affairs.

Under the Academic Interests and Background section you will need to upload the following documents:

  1. Resume that highlights professional and leadership experience.
  1. Statement of Purpose – In no more than 250 words, describe how your educational pathway has influenced your future professional and educational goals. How do you see the M.Ed. Student Affairs degree program in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy helping you to achieve these goals? (Provide specific examples that relate to the degree program and department.)
  1. Situational Essay – In no more than 500 words, respond to the following question: What in your experience has led you to understand inequities and injustices that exist in our educational systems?  What is the role of higher education and student affairs in addressing these?
  1. Financial Support through Graduate Assistantships -- Applicants who enroll as full-time students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. Please indicate if you are interested in a graduate assistantship and communicate your top five choices from the list posted at Graduate Assistantship on the M.Ed. Student Affairs website. This information should be emailed directly to Marilynn Howard, Academic Coordinator –

a. Visit the Graduate Assistantship website after Oct. 30, 2016 for a description of available graduate assistantship positions outside of HRE.
b. Visit this link for assistantships in HRE:

  1. Full or Part-time -- Please indicate whether you plan to enroll as a full- or part-time student. The M.Ed. with an emphasis in student affairs can be completed as a full-time student in two academic years that include classes in the fall and spring semester. Required classes will not be offered in the summer term. Students commence coursework in the fall of the academic year.

    a. Part-time Option for Summer 2017: ELP will offer a cohort experience for part-time students.  Individuals who apply and are admitted will begin Summer 2017.  The required courses are taken over 6 semesters.  Each semester students will enroll in 2 courses that meet degree requirements.

  1. Letters of Recommendation -- Three recommendation letters are required as part of the ELP recommendation process. One must be from someone who can attest to your academic work, such as a professor or other faculty member. The other two may be from a previous supervisor, a colleague, or someone with knowledge of your potential as a professional in student affairs and this might include a recent/former supervisor, faculty, advisor and/or mentor. Click on this document to learn more about strong recommendation letters. Securing Strong Letters of Recommendation

All application materials are due by January 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm. MST.  Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants have the responsibility to ensure that all application materials are provided on or prior to application deadline.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact our Academic Coordinator, Marilynn Howard, at 801-581-6714 or

Apply Yourself Application Link





Last Updated: 12/16/16