Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration



The University of Vermont's Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) graduate program is counted among the top programs in the country preparing professional educators to collaboratively transform higher education. 

The program welcomes full-time and part-time students with various levels of experience and backgrounds. The student cohort model promotes strong and enduring relationships with fellow colleagues, award-winning faculty, and campus partners. The program engages educators committed to the future of the nation’s higher education system to challenge UVM HESA students through a theory-to-practice curriculum creating an unparalleled learning experience.

Mission Statement

To develop practitioner scholars through academic and professional preparation whose commitment to reflection and social justice will transform higher education and student affairs in the spirit of The Vermont Connection.

Core Values


Through partnerships between faculty and higher education professionals, we promote excellence through academic and professional rigor. We cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary for success as an educator in higher education contexts through classroom and experiential learning as conceptualized by philosopher and UVM alumnus John Dewey.


We are committed to pursuing social justice as both a process and goal to dismantle individual, institutional, and societal oppression. Grounded in the ethos of HESA, UVM, and the profession, we strive to transform our field for more equitable and inclusive opportunities in higher education.


We foster reflection of self, others, and contexts as a critical component of growth in professional practice. Through critical consciousness we strive to improve higher education and student affairs with an aim toward promoting individual, institutional, and societal change.


The Vermont Connection is a collegial network of former and current students, faculty, and student affairs professionals with the shared vision of uplifting community through relationships. The spirit of The Vermont Connection weaves together the history, present, and future of UVM HESA. 

Campus partners cultivate relationships through supervising practica and assistantships, teaching HESA courses, and providing professional development opportunities. Funding opportunities are available to students through assistantships, full- and part- time work, and graduate travel stipends to professional and academic conferences.

Extensive information about the program is available on the HESA website.

Inquiries regarding this program should be addressed to:

The University of Vermont
Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration
208 Colchester Avenue
Mann Hall 201
Burlington, Vermont 05405


Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration M.Ed.