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What will I learn?

The Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program will prepare you for a variety of professional roles in higher education administration and student affairs, including academic advising, residential life, student advocacy, campus activities and athletic programs. You will learn how to address inequities and effect change, ensure that student voices are heard and help students realize their full potential. Graduates from this program typically work in two- and four-year institutions, public research universities, private liberal arts colleges, and graduate or professional schools.

Curriculum Overview

With an emphasis on educational equity, the PASA program prepares you to meet industry-established competencies for student affairs professionals. The curriculum includes core courses, a variety of electives that can be tailored to your career goals, a capstone project, and numerous graduate assistantship opportunities.

Coursework Examples

Identity and Diversity

Student Development in Higher Education

Leadership and Management in Student Affairs

Which department am I in?

USC Rossier School of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$58,975.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

TOEFL score at or above 100 iBT and a IELTS score at or above 6.5 with no less than a score of 6 on each band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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