Minimum Admission Requirements

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

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

Your statement should be written in 12-point font, double-spaces, and include the following:

  • Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans,
  • Why you have selected Colorado State University as the place to pursue your graduate studies, and
  • A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications.


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

Application Questions

These questions are included in the online application and you will provide your answers in a text box for each question. We suggest drafting your responses in another document and cutting and pasting your writing into the text box. Please be aware that each answer is limited to 350 words.

  • Describe why you are interested in student affairs. How will a graduate degree in student affairs benefit you and your practice?
  • Explain how your grade point average and course of study reflect your ability to academically succeed in a graduate program.
  • What significant experiences have informed your critical reflection on, and active commitment to, diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice?
  • Before answering the prompt below, review the graduate assistantship position descriptions available in this academic year of the SAHE website. Broadly describe the strengths, skills, and experiences you will use in graduate assistantships within the program.
    **Important Note: Do not list specific assistantships in this response. Candidates who are invited to campus interviews will have the opportunity to rank assistantship opportunities by interest at a later date. This is an opportunity to showcase the skills and abilities you bring to the program as a professional that would be beneficial for all assistantships.

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.

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.

Selection Timeline

  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 will take place at the Colorado State University campus in February.
  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 6-8, 2018, and February 13-15, 2019.