Department of Higher Education & Student Affairs


The Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at BGSU is home to two graduate programs: the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Higher Education Administration and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in College Student Personnel. 

Information about these programs, as well as our faculty, students, and alumni, can be found using the links to your left.

For more than 40 years, our department has worked to create and affirm a culture that encourages personal development, academic and professional integrity, and social action.

If you have questions about our programs, please contact our office. Thank you for your interest in HESA, we look forward to hearing from you!

Where in the U.S./World are HESA Graduates...

To find out more, check out our Alumni Information page.
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We are proud to CongraTulate our very own Dr. Ellen Broido, the new Member-at-Large – Faculty (Elect) for ACPA!


To read more of the ACPA election results click here.

NASPA 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs Through Teaching


Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart was awarded 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs Through Teaching!

HESA would like to congratulate Dafina for this outstanding and well-deserved award from NASPA.  This award is presented to a faculty member in a college personnel professional preparation program at a college or university within Region IV-East.

Dr. Stewart has taught a variety of classes, including student development theory and served as an advisor and dissertation chair for many doctoral students.  As a teacher, advisor, and researcher, Dr. Stewart's commitment is a rich resource to the field of student affairs.

Dafina-Lazarus currently serves as the HIED Graduate Program Coordinator and brings zir passion of teaching to both the CSP and HIED classroom. The entire HESA family is proud of Dr. Stewart and zir well-deserved recognition. 

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Dr. Mike Coomes recieves Master Teacher Award!

HESA would like to congratulate Mike for this outstanding and well-deserved award.  For more information, you can read the university press release here.


HESA's Partnership with the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

The partnership between BGSU and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program includes both the CSP and HIED degrees.  This is a great mutual partnership.  For more information, visit the Peace Corps HESA page.

Quick HESA Facts

  • Six full-time faculty members
  • 76 full-time master's students
  • 23 full-time doctoral students; 25 part-time
  • Alumni all of the U.S. and working internationally
  • All CSP students have a required two-year internship in student or academic affairs
  • Approximately 200 students have traveled/studied abroad and 20 have completed internships abroad
  • CSP placement: 97% hired by September 1 in 2011
  • HIED placement: Nearly all found employment prior to or in the months following graduation
  • Home to the National Student Affairs Archives
  • Program alumni have gone on to become college presidents, vice presidents, department directors, faculty, and business owners