Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration

Now accepting applications for Fall 2022

Early Admission Deadline: January 15th

Application Requirements

1. Application Form
Lewis & Clark uses an online application. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by college and university registrar offices.

2. Application Fee
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. The fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for information about the fee waiver process.

3. Personal Essay
Applicants for the MA in Student Affairs Administration must submit a 2-3 page essay (double-spaced) that addresses all of the topics listed see below. Your essay may be submitted electronically as part of the online application.

  • Describe why you are interested in student affairs administration. How will a graduate degree in this field move you forward in your career
  • What academic and other experiences have you had that are relevant to your work in the program?
  • What significant life experiences have informed your understanding of, and commitment to, equity, diversity, and social justice? How has this experience shaped your understanding of the missions and goals of institutions of higher education?

4. Letters of Recommendation
We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.

How to submit your letters
The online application includes the letter of recommendation process. You will be able to manage your letters of recommendation online. The link to the online letter of recommendation process will be emailed to your letter writers.

5. Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants must hold a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale must have earned a minimum of a 3.4 GPA for the undergraduate degree. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you should submit a letter of explanation with your application materials. 

6. Resume
Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.

7. Official Transcripts
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. One official, sealed transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. Faxed transcripts are not considered official by the Graduate School. Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to Information for International Students.

Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistantship positions are reserved for students in the two-year, cohort-based MA in Student Affairs program, with the exception of the Health Promotion and Wellness position. Click on the button below for information. Continue checking the Graduate Assistant page after the deadline as some positions will be added or reopened.

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Tuition Deposit

Admitted applicants will be required to confirm their intent to enroll and pay a (non-refundable) $100 tuition deposit to secure a spot in the program. The tuition deposit will be credited toward the student’s first term of enrollment.


Application files for all programs are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essays, resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials.

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