Change Agents in the Campus Community

More than ever, reflective and social-justice minded professionals are needed in post-secondary institutions and other educational environments throughout the United States and globally. With our high placement rate, graduates of our program go on to jobs such as academic advisor, student activities advisor, international student advisor and community engagement program manager. These leaders represent, advocate for and work with students, develop leadership programs and implement activities that enhance college students’ academic experience.

If you have a passion for working with college students beyond the classroom and advancing social justice, Seattle University’s Master's Degree in Student Development Administration is designed with you in mind. We offer a modern practitioner-based curriculum that provides strong theory-to-application training within a supportive community of students, alumni, and seasoned professionals who will become your colleagues for life.

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Speaking From Experience

Assistant Professor Paige Gardner, '11 MEd, PhD, co-director of the Student Development Administration program, offers students a unique perspective as a scholar-practitioner.

A large part of Dr. Gardner’s story includes the role women of color have played in her advancement through the field of Student Development. The path that led her to Seattle University—first as a graduate student—began with mentorship at her undergraduate alma mater, where she was introduced to student affairs and higher education as a profession.

Read more about Dr. Gardner in this Seattle University Magazine profile.

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Nationally Recognized and Locally Connected

Our program is sought out for its strong clinical experiences and its infusion of diversity and social justice into our curriculum. Through our holistic mentorship approach, our nationally-recognized and dedicated faculty will work with you to gain the experience and skills necessary to serve students in a variety of educational environments, including community colleges, 4-year colleges, college access organizations and high-tech companies (university recruiting and leadership development). Additionally, you have the opportunity to apply for our unique graduate assistantship employment, built in collaboration with the Division for Student Development, which can give you another edge when competing for positions.

Student development specialties include:

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 Our program is recognized by the leading national membership organizations in the field.



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Ashley Miller

Senior Admissions Counselor

(206) 296-5774

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GG Flint

Senior Program Administrative Assistant

(206) 296-5750