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Admissions FAQs

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Are GRE scores required for program admission?

Yes, the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program requires official GRE scores. A score of 150 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytic Writing (or 900 Verbal and Quantitative combined from the old examination) is preferred. The GRE may be waived if the student has a master's degree from an accredited university.

When is the application deadline?

All materials must be received by the Graduate College by January 15th for full consideration for admission for the following Fall semester.  Applications may be accepted after this date for special circumstances only.

Do you accept students in the spring or summer?

No, the program only admits students for the Fall semester due to the cohort-nature of the program. 

Can international students apply to the program?

Absolutely! International students contribute to the diversity and cultural fabric of the student affairs program and to the Texas State community.

Does acceptance into the program prevent someone from working full-time?

The SAHE program is cohort-based, which means that students take a majority of their courses with one another as full-time students.  Students wishing to pursue the program part-time while holding a professional student affairs position will be considered and should speak directly with the Program Coordinator regarding admissions. 

What is the availability of graduate assistantships?

There are many graduate assistantship opportunities in various offices across the student affairs and academic affairs divisions at Texas State.  All applicants are encouraged to interview during the SAHE Program Interviews. Although an assistantship position is not guaranteed, nearly all students in the program have an assistantship position, and the program faculty and staff actively assist in the assistantship placement process.   For more information check the Graduate Research Assistantships page.

What other financing options exist ?

The Graduate College provides information on scholarships, loans, and grants that are available to graduate students.  Check the Graduate College "Financing Your Graduate Education" page for more information.

Can I visit the campus and meet with students and faculty in the program?

Yes, you are encouraged to come to campus and meet with current students and faculty. Email us (sahe@txstate.edu), and we can work with you to set up a campus visit. Visits may include:
  • Meeting with current students and faculty
  • Touring campus and assistantship sites
  • Attending a class
There is also an opportunity to visit and meet with students and faculty for prospective students who are invited to the SAHE Program Interviews in the Spring.

What times are courses offered?

During the Fall and Spring semesters courses are offered from 3:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Summer courses are offered at various times.  Elective courses may be offered during the day, including Saturday options. Elective courses may be offered at both the San Marcos campus and Round Rock Higher Education Center. 

How many students are in each cohort?

Cohorts typically consist of 16-18 students. The Student Affairs in Higher Education program seeks to admit a diverse cohort reflecting various backgrounds and experiences.