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HESA FAQs

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Who should I contact for more information about the graduate degrees in Higher Education and Student Affairs at OSU?

M.S., Higher Education Administration:  leadership@okstate.edu

M.S., College Student Development:  csd@okstate.edu

Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies:  leadership@okstate.edu

Does HESA offer online classes?
Some courses are taught using a hybrid teaching format combining in-class learning with on-line activities.  Occasionally, a course will be offered in a fully on-line format, with no face to face component.  In general, students should plan to complete most of their coursework in traditional face to face courses.

Where are the courses offered for the Ph.D. program?
If there are sufficient numbers of qualified students, it is the intent of the HESA faculty to start doctoral rotations in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Ph.D. program on a 2-year rotation: in Tulsa every odd number year; in Stillwater every year, and a Ph.D. in OKC in every even number year.

Students in a particular location who are interested in starting their degree outside this rotation may seek admission and take courses at another location. The annual application deadline is March 15th (or the next business day if March 15th falls on a weekend). ALL application materials/documents must be received by this date to be considered by the faculty. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Can I complete the Ph.D. in Tulsa?
All courses required for the Ph.D. are available in Tulsa and Stillwater.  See the HESA course rotation for details about which courses will be offered in what semester.  Students may choose to take courses in another location to accommodate their plans for completing coursework in a particular semester.  Students who wish to take the majority of their coursework in Tulsa are very strongly encouraged to work closely with their advisor to develop a Plan of Study that aligns with this course rotation.2017 HESA Grads

Where can I find information about cost of attendance for graduate students at OSU?
Information about the cost of attendance at OSU, including a tuition and cost of living calculator, can be found here.

What types of financial aid or other assistance are available for HESA graduate students?
General information about financial aid and scholarship at OSU is available on-line.  Graduate students are eligible for several types of financial assistance:

Student loans:  OSU graduate students are eligible for need based, non-need based, and other loans. These loans are available federally or privately. More information about graduate student loans at OSU can be found here.

Scholarships:  OSU, the College of Education, and the HESA program all offer scholarships to support students pursuing degrees in our program.  OSU-Tulsa also offers scholarships for students enrolled through OSU-Tulsa.  New students are eligible to apply for scholarships in their first year;  for fullest consideration, please submit the application for admission to the degree program, as well as the College of Education’s scholarship application and/or the OSU-Tulsa scholarship application, by February 1.

Graduate assistantships are also available for students at the Master’s and Doctoral level. Beginning Fall 2014, all graduate assistantships provide a monthly stipend as well as tuition and health insurance.  Students on a graduate assistantship are responsible for paying all student fees. 

What is a graduate assistant?
A graduate assistant serves a support role for OSU faculty or administrators while completing their post-graduate education. A graduate assistant can assist with instructional responsibilities as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) or with research responsibilities as a graduate research assistant (GRA). Graduate assistants can also aid coaches with an athletic team, or be employed by other university departments across campus (such as residence life or academic advising) in an entry-level capacity. Graduate assistants are often remunerated in the form of a stipend. Assistantships provide practical experience for graduate students, thus increasing their future employment options.

Are graduate assistantships available for HESA students?
Assistantships may be offered through the Provost’s Office, the Vice-President for Student Affairs Office, and the HESA program area. Occasionally, assistantships will be offered through other offices on campus and/or through OSU-Tulsa. It is the intent of the HESA faculty to provide assistantships to full-time students not otherwise employed.

Most students enrolled in the College Student Development program hold an assistantship in a student affairs unit during their graduate study.  The responsibilities associated with these positions vary depending on the department/program. CSD students have in recent years held assistantships in Residence Life, Student Conduct, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Campus Activities, and academic support units across campus.  For more information about these positions, visit the Graduate Assistantships information page.

How will I apply for an assistantship?
Students who are interested in applying for an assistantship through the HESA Program, to support a faculty member with his or her teaching and/or research, should contact the program coordinator to express their interest.

Assistantship opportunities are also available for College Student Development students. Many departments who hire graduate assistants interview their top applicants during the CSD Interview Days event each spring.  To receive fullest consideration for these positions, please submit your application to the College Student Development graduate program before February 1, and follow all deadlines posted by hiring departments.

Click here for more information about graduate assistantships, including application deadlines for the 2014-2015 academic year.