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Education and Human Services - Leadership Studies: Student Affairs in Higher Education and Sports Management Certificate


In addition to meeting requirements for admission established by the Graduate School (these requirements can be reviewed at this Web site http://www.wright.edu/academics/catalog/grad/admissions/), candidates for these degrees who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement to waive the GRE or MAT, must submit satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE--800) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT--380) scores, unless otherwise noted (see Waiver of GRE/MAT). A professional goal statement, two professional letters of references and an interview with program faculty are also required of all applicants for this program.

All students considering graduate-level courses in education and human services should do so with the understanding that graduate study differs in quality expectations from undergraduate study. Graduate study requires that students be increasingly self-
directed and possess strong analytical skills. Students are not guaranteed a master’s degree by attending and completing courses. Exit requirements must be met in all programs.

Admission to the College of Education and Human Services is based on the candidate’s written statement of purpose, consideration of undergraduate and/or graduate cumulative grade point average, submission of satisfactory scores on either the MAT, GRE, and letters of reference.

Technology Policy
For admission to the college, all College of Education and Human Services students, graduate and undergraduate, part-time and full-time, will be expected to certify that they own or have access to a computer and the Internet.

In order to meet the mission of the college “…to prepare professionals to meet the educational, leadership and human services needs of a diverse, democratic society,” it is necessary for our students to play an active role in the technological environment the
college and Wright State University are creating to assist in the completion of this mission. An increasing number of classes and options will become available to students using a variety of distributed learning formats; library resources are available
in a growing number of full-text formats, and global connections via
telecommunications will be part of daily operations. Students preparing to become professionals in education and human service areas must demonstrate appropriate and effective skills and knowledge in technological aspects of their work.

Minimum equipment requirements are recommended by Wright State University’s Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS). Please check the following Web Site http://www.wright.edu/cats/purchase/pcguidelines.html for current
information about minimum equipment requirements.

The college supports Macintosh computers in faculty and staff offices and maintains a computer lab. Wright State University has purchased a site license for most Microsoft software (see the Web page for Wright State’s Computing and Telecommunications Services, http://www.wright.edu/cats/ for details).

Admission Standards
Admission into regular status requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 grading system) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. Admission into this status also
requires approval by a degree program.

Candidates with a grade point average of less than 2.3 on a 4.0 grading system are not ordinarily admitted to graduate school. A petition process is available to formally request admissions not having met an admission standard. Candidates for admission
to certain programs in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations and must meet additional requirements, which include letters of reference.

Waiver of GRE/MAT
Candidates to Leadership Studies master’s degree programs, may not be required to submit passing GRE or MAT scores if their cumulative undergraduate GPA is a 3.0 or higher.

Under certain conditions, a student may be admitted provisionally (for one quarter only), pending receipt of credentials. If admission requirements are not met during the quarter in which a student was admitted provisionally, registration for future quarters will be denied and the student will lose graduate credit for any graduate courses completed during the quarter.

Students who have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better, or who have an average between 2.3 and 2.5 with 2.7 or better in the last half of undergraduate work, may be granted conditional admission.

Regular admission to the College of Education and Human Services is granted after successful completion of 12 hours of course work with a grade of B or better in each course.

Nondegree Status
Persons who have a bachelor’s degree may enroll in nondegree status for graduate courses without being admitted to a graduate program. If you are accepted into degree status at a later date, a maximum of one-half (50 percent) of the graduate hours required for completion of degree requirements may consist of applicable graduate courses completed in nondegree status. Students in nondegree status are not considered to be candidates in a program.


Associate Professors
Jill Lindsey (chair), leadership studies

Michael Cusak, leadership studies/sports management certificate
Joanne Risacher, leadership studies/student affairs in higher education

Adjunct faculty
Dan Abrahamowicz, vice president, student affairs
Joseph Berthiaume, associate director, residence services
Ed Busher, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, clark state community college
Rick Danals, director, student activities

Program Description

Student Affairs in Higher Education - Administration (SAHE)

The Student Affairs in Higher Education program provides education
practical experiences for individuals interested in careers in student services. The emphasis of this program is on the administrative perspective of student services that support student development. The Student Affairs in Higher Education program consistently graduated most entering students within two years of entry.

The primary mission of this program is to prepare students for leadership roles in higher education student affairs. Integrating theory and practice, maintaining strong interdisciplinary relationships, fostering high-quality research, and sponsoring activities that enhance the development of professionals are high priorities of the program.

Sports Management Certificate (SMP)
The Wright State University Sports Management Program (SMP) provides a distinctive opportunity for students enrolled in the M.A. or M.Ed. Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program to earn a certificate in the sports management field. This SMP is also available to those enrolled in other master’s degree programs and for those who seek such certification without pursuing a master’s degree. The SMP provides students with skills to effectively manage a variety of sport-related enterprises. Graduates of the program may pursue careers in intercollegiate and high school athletic departments, public and private recreational facilities, sport marketing firms, professional sport organizations, and other organizations in sports management.

The SMP is designed to be flexible enough to provide certificate holders with a variety of professional options. The growth of sport and recreation related to interests in education and in the public and private sectors provides evidence of the need for qualified professional managers.

The SMP is integrated into the Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education program through existing courses and new courses. Instructors for the new courses include faculty from the College of Education and Human Services, College of Business, and professionals from administrative departments and intercollegiate organizations.

Program Curriculum
The SMP will offer three academic options for prospective students:
1. For students enrolled in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Masters Program, the SMP will be available as a 22-hour certificate. Standards for admission to the graduate program apply.

2. The SMP will also be available as a 22-hour certificate for those students currently enrolled in graduate programs other than Student Affairs in Higher Education. Standards for admissions to the respective graduate programs apply.

3. The SMP will be available to those who choose to pursue a certificate in sports management without enrolling in a graduate program. This is a 22-hour program and admissions standards include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Non-degree students must also apply to the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations for admission to the certificate program. The department admission decision will be based on the students overall academic preparation and suitability of career plans.

Course of Study

Leadership Studies: Student Affairs in Higher Education - Administration (SAHE)

Foundation Course Work

EDL 661 Diversity Issues

EDL 760 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education


EDL 761 Student Development Theories and Their Applications


EDL 763 Campus Ecology


EDL 751 Educational Statistics and Research


EDL 765 Practicum in Student Affairs in Higher Education


EDL 767 Internship in Student Affairs in Higher Education


Professional Requirements


EDL 662 Workshop Design


EDL 762 Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education


EDL 764 Program Evaluation and Assessment in Student Affairs in Higher Education


EDL 768 Finance and Budget Management in Student Affairs in Higher Education


EDL 920 History and Philosophy of Higher Education in the U.S.


EDL 922 Law of Higher Education


Required for M.A. only

EDL 759 Qualitative Research


EDL 999 Thesis*

*May be repeated for additional credit hours to fulfill electives with advisor approval.

Advised Electives

9 M.A.
16 M.Ed.

Total †MEd




Note: Students in the SAHE masterís program may elect to complete a Sports Management Certificate as a part of the masterís program, if interested. See sports management description (below) for details regarding the certificate.

Curriculum Ė Certification in Sports Management


EDL 929 The Role of Athletics in Higher Education


SPM 708 Sports and Events Marketing


SPM 701 Current Issues in American Sports


EDL 767 Internship




Content (6 credit hours required)

SPM 702 Finance, Law and Sports Management


SPM 703 Academic Support Service for Studeent Athletes


SPM 704 Recreation Management


SPM 705 Compliance and Regulation


SPM 706 Facilities and Events Management


SPM 707 Media Relations in Sports




Certificate Completion



(1) Raj Soin College of Business course, in development.

(2) Offered every other year as a requirement for those not in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate degree program.

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