Residential Application Information


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution or a CSU recognized international institution is required.

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Applicants whose GPA is below 3.00 are still encouraged to apply. You may be required to demonstrate your potential for academic success by providing additional evidence, such as completion of graduate level coursework.
  • GRE scores are not required.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. Admission is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience, your personal statement, and completion of an admissions interview.


Step-By-Step Guide to Apply

Selection Timeline

Residential (On-Campus) Program Deadline: December 1

All application materials will be submitted through the online application to Colorado State University.  These materials include:

Statement of Purpose
The mission of the Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) is to prepare well-rounded, competent, and inclusive student affairs practitioners. Our students effectively engage in critical analysis through reflection and action (praxis) to demonstrate transformative learning grounded in an ethic of love. A central component of the SAHE program is engaging in intentional, reflective practice as a foundational skill necessary to be an effective professional in student affairs. This is both a process and an outcome such that reflection-on-action happens in the program to produce practitioner-scholars who can effectively reflect-in-action as a foundational skill. Colorado State University’s Principles of Community also guide us.
Through engaging in such reflective practice, as well as receiving formal and informal feedback, students who participate fully in the learning experience offered through the SAHE program will develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions applicable to their professional practice.

The Statement of Purpose is intended to be a personal and professional statement that demonstrates your alignment with the SAHE program’s mission, values, and intended outcomes, as well as your readiness to engage SAHE’s curriculum.

Keeping all this in mind, please write your statement responding to the prompts below. Your statement must not exceed 1000 words (approximately four pages) and should be written in 12-point font and double-spaced.

  • What do you understand to be the work of student affairs, within the college/university as well as the education of students, and why does that speak to you as a professional goal?
  • Describe what steps of reflection guide you personally and/or professionally as you engage others.
  • Please discuss a situation that highlights your strengths and challenges when working with others (e.g., academic group project, work experience, athletic team, service project, etc.).
  • How do your GPA and undergraduate program of study reflect your ability to learn, reflect, and academically succeed in a graduate program?
  • Why do you believe CSU and the SAHE program would be the most appropriate space for you to achieve your professional goals in student affairs?

Include any previous experience in student affairs and other relevant work experiences, along with position titles, dates of employment, institutions, and major responsibilities.

Request Recommendation Letters
Three recommendation letters are required, preferably one each from a faculty member, a student affairs professional, and a current or recent supervisor.  If you cannot provide references from each category, select individuals who can best speak to your abilities as a graduate student or student affairs professional.  A specific format for recommendation letters is not required; most letters are 1-2 pages long.

Official Transcripts
Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Send e-transcripts to:

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Visit the Colorado State University online application to apply.

After submitting your online application and paying the application fee, begin submitting your supporting application materials.

  • Upload the required supporting documents (purpose statement, resume) directly to your application.
  • If submitting test scores, contact the testing agency to request scores be sent to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).
  • To submit official transcripts, contact your previous institutions to request official transcripts be sent to Colorado State University, Office of Admissions (use institution code 4075 or
  • For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:

Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1062

View the status of your application at any time to check for updates and ensure your application is complete.

  1. Applications to the residential Student Affairs in Higher Education program will be reviewed after the December 1 deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Candidate interviews normally take place at the Colorado State University campus in February. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving to a virtual format. More information will be forthcoming.
  3. Final admit decisions will be made by March 1. Program and assistantship offers extended at this time.
  4. Deadline for response to offers of program admission and assistantships is April 15.


After the initial screening of applications by the Student Affairs in Higher Education faculty, candidates are invited to campus to interview for the degree program and assistantships. This is also an opportunity to see the campus, meet current students, interact with other potential students, and gain more information about the program.

The campus interviews take place over a two day period. The first interview day is dedicated to allowing candidates to gain a better understanding of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, curriculum, faculty, students, portfolio requirements, and other information. The selection committee, comprised of Student Affairs in Higher Education faculty members who are also advisors in the program, will conduct the program interviews on the first day. The second day is spent gaining more information about assistantships and interviewing for these positions. More information is provided once candidates are contacted and invited to campus for interviews.

This year, interviews will be occurring on February 2-4, 2022, and February 9-11, 2022.