Frequently Asked Questions
About the master's program...
- Aspiring student success leaders seeking entry-level positions in college and university divisions of student affairs and academic support services.
- Current student success professionals seeking to advance their careers and enhance their theoretical knowledge, framing, and skills.
Our master's program:
- is intentionally designed to provide a foundational framework for professionals and aspiring professionals to discover how to foster student success for all students.
- is informed by decades of student success research as well as emerging student success research and neuroscience.
- uses a cohort design to foster collaborative learning.
- uses a Reflective Student Portfolio as the master's culminating experience.
- students gain vital on-the-job technical and executive skills as they work with other professionals in student success programs and services, which complements the theoretical foundations that underpin student success work learned in the classroom.
Gain real-world experience through:
- Graduate assistantships at San Diego State University, Cal State San Marcos, and UC San Diego. We offer opportunities in community colleges as well.
Connect with classmates through our:
- Peer Mentoring Program: Entirely student-run, the peer mentoring program matches incoming first-year students with a second-year student mentor to guide them through their first year in the program.
- Cohort socials: Occur approximately once a month. Activities include bonfires, potlucks, and holiday celebrations.
Get involved on campus through:
- Student Advisory Board: Consists of five students in each cohort who meet once a month to discuss upcoming program events as well as brainstorm solutions to student concerns and issues. Click here to view more information on the Student Advisory Board.
- Volunteering: The PELSA Assistant Program Coordinator sends regular updates on both program-related and campus-related volunteer opportunities.
- Professional Involvement: The PELSA Assistant Program Coordinator sends regular updates about local and national conferences to attend.
- Professional Development Seminars: Offered 2-4 times per semester. The seminars are intended to target learning needs outside of the classroom. Topics are determined through a combination of student, alumni, faculty, and employer feedback.
About admissions …
A minimum 2.85 grade point average is required for admission to SDSU graduate programs. However, in reviewing applicants, we consider multiple indicators of preparedness for graduate studies, including: the personal statement, letters of recommendation, student leadership experience and professional work experience. Important: Please note that the GRE is not required in the application/admissions process for the PELSA MA program.