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

  • Absolutely! International students contribute to the diversity and cultural fabric of the SAHE Program and the Texas State community.

  • GRE scores are no longer required for admission into the program.  This change is effective for the Fall 2019 application cycle. 
  • The SAHE program is cohort-based, which means that students take a majority of their courses with one another as full-time students.  The program is designed for full-time enrollment while holding a 20-hour per week Graduate Assistantship position.  With this being said, there are some students in the program who work full-time and pursue the program part-time. We have found that the students who are able to successfully do this are well organized and have a supportive supervisor at their workplace.  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 admission. 

  • There are many Graduate Assistantship (GA) opportunities in various offices across the student affairs and academic affairs divisions at Texas State as well as off-campus at institutions in the region.  All applicants are encouraged to interview for GA positions during the SAHE Program Interviews. Although obtaining a GA position is not guaranteed, for the past eight years all students in the program have held GA positions, and the program faculty and staff actively assist in the assistantship placement process.  For more information check the Graduate Assistantship page.

  • A number of funding resources and opportunities exist at Texas State University. See your options here.

  • Yes, you are encouraged to come to campus and meet with current students and faculty. Email us (, 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.
  • Typically, each semester students enroll in three courses, and over the summer students enroll in two courses.During the Fall and Spring semesters courses are offered at the San Marcos campus Monday through Thursday during three time slots: 
    • 12:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
    • 3:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
    • 6:30 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. 

    Summer courses are offered at various times.  Elective courses may be offered during the day, including Saturday options, as well as online. Elective courses are offered at both the San Marcos campus and the Round Rock campus.

  • Cohorts typically consist of 16-20 students. The Student Affairs in Higher Education program seeks to admit a diverse cohort reflecting various backgrounds and experiences.
  • You are encouraged to review this webpage and view the archived webinar on the Prospective Students page- both have a lot of great information about our program and the admissions process.  We are happy to answer any questions you may still have. Please email us at