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2023 Admission Process
M.Ed. Student Affairs Degree Program

(updated November 30, 2022)

Interested in the M.Ed. in Student Affairs for Fall 2023?

ELP operates one application cycle for fall admission to this degree program.  The Fall 2023 Application Deadline has been EXTENDED to Tuesday, December 20th at 4:00 PM (MT).

**For the Fall 2023 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 currently offer tuition benefits for summer.

Students who enroll as part-time 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 that extends their time to degree. The Program Director works with all students to accomplish their graduation goal. 

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.  Click here for more information about past assistantship opportunities, and to learn more about our parentship with the Student Development & Inclusion Office here at the U. We work closely with both this office and assistantship supervisors to ensure that opportunities align with both the learning outcomes of the program, and the future plans of each student.

These opportunities change every year.  Previously ELP has had graduates serve in assistantships in Career and Professional Services, The Bennion Center, various resource centers, Student Support Services, Campus Union Administration, Dean of Students Office, University Student Apartments, Student Orientation and Transition Services, and Utah Presents.  The assistantship program at Utah has great variety for future scholar-practitioners! 

Application Information & Deadline: The Fall 2023 Application Deadline has been EXTENDED to Tuesday, December 20th at 4:00 PM (MT).

Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and selected applicants will be invited to virtually interview with faculty in early January.  After faculty interviews, admissions decisions will be announced and admitted students will be invited to Campus Preview Days that occur in February. 

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.  

Apply Yourself Link Goes Live for Fall 2023 September 2022
Application Deadline For All Tuesday, December 20th at 4:00 PM (MT)
Interviews with ELP Faculty January 2023
Notification of Admissions Decision to M.Ed. Student Affairs Early February 2023
Campus Preview Days February (Tentative)
In-person Interviews for Graduate Assistantships February (Tentative)
Notification of Graduate Assistantship Offers for Division of Student Affairs & HRE March 2023 (Tentative)

Application Instructions

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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Situational Essay: In no more than 500 words, what is the role of higher education and student affairs practitioners, leaders, and policymakers in addressing educational inequities and injustices in educational systems? 
  4. 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 on the Assistantship website (available in early October).  This information should be emailed directly to Marilynn Howard, Academic Coordinator –
  5. 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. Students commence coursework in the fall of the academic year.
  6. 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.  Learn more about recommendation letters here.    
  7. Transcripts:  The Apply Yourself Application will ask you for all college transcripts.  Make sure you upload all transcripts from any college experience.

All application materials are due by Tuesday, December 20th at 4:00 PM (MT).  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: 11/30/22