Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling / Student Affairs

C&G Fall 2017

To support the learning and development of all students, graduates of the Master of Science program in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs will be able to:

  • Explain and evaluate foundational and emerging literature and theories,
  • Demonstrate cognitive complexity, embrace ambiguity, and apply problem-solving skills,
  • Effectively integrate and apply appropriate theories, methods, and principles in professional practice,
  • Effectively engage in cross-disciplinary, campus, and community partnerships to effect change,
  • Continuously develop professional skills through ongoing assessment and reflection, and
  • Demonstrate ethics, integrity, legality & leadership.


The Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling / Student Affairs (HECSA) program prepares students for careers working as counselors and student affairs professionals in a variety of higher education and non-profit settings. The program meets student affairs competency standards created by the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (ACPA & NASPA, 2015). Completion of the degree also meets the educational requirements for those seeking positions as counselors in the California community college system.

The HECSA program has no specific undergraduate major requirement but embraces students from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Students attending full-time complete the 72-unit program in two to three years. A major strength of the program is its extensive internship program, with opportunities throughout the program for “real world” work experience. The program enjoys a large and supportive network of alums employed in higher education and non-profit settings throughout California and the United States.


  Program Coordinator

Dr. Sonia Ramrakhiani

Phone: 805-756-1574

Office: Building 2, Room 138



Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs (HECSA) Info Sessions

Join us to learn more about the application requirements, admissions process,

program structure & coursework, and to get your questions answered!

Registration is required for the HECSA Info Sessions via the links below. 


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