Master of Science in Higher Education (MSHE)

The M.S. in Higher Education is designed to prepare entry-level professionals and career changers to assume professional roles that support student learning and development. Graduates of this program might work in offices such as orientation, housing, residential life, TRIO, minority and international affairs, financial aid, academic advising, alumni relations and similar college or university offices.


We highly recommend that prospective students attend one of our virtual information sessions (dates and times listed below). All sessions are hosted live via Zoom by faculty. Please complete this Registration Form at least 24 hours prior to the session you plan to attend. We will then email the Zoom link for the session.

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 8:00PM-9:00PM | Registration closed
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Registration closed
  • Friday, November 3, 2023 | 2:00PM-3:00PM | Registration closed
  • Thursday, Dececmber 7, 2023 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Registration closed


The Master of Science in Higher Education (MSHE) program partners with the VP of Student Affairs office to secure graduate assistantship (GA) placements for our MSHE students. Students have the opportunity to serve as a GA while enrolled in the MSHE program. GA’s work under the supervision of professionals in the field and learn in a supportive work environment while attending classes.

Positions range from 10 to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during scheduled breaks (if department budgets allow). Students must be accepted into the MSHE program in order to be considered for this type of assistantship. MSHE students are not required to hold a GA role, but it is highly recommended for those who do not currently work a full-time job.

After new students are recommended for admission and have confirmed their intent to enroll, they will be invited to participate in our annual GA Placement event. At this event, new and returning students will be scheduled to interview with multiple offices or departments. Most employers are housed at CSUF but there are a handful who come from other colleges and universities. Following the event, students will be placed with a supervisor to complete their 1-year contact to work as that site’s GA.

GA placement is a great opportunity for new para-professionals in our MSHE program seeking experience in Student Affairs. Note that the likelihood of being placed in a GA position is very high. Please see our GA FAQOpens in new window page for additional information.


The Higher Education Leadership Organization (HELO) is dedicated to the professional and personal development of the graduate students of the Master of Science in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. HELO provides activities to support student learning and development including social and cultural events. Through HELO, students spend time with each other socially, learn with each other outside of the classroom, and participate in professional development and networking activities. Learn more about HELO by connecting with them via email at or by visiting them here.


MSHE Mentorship Program

The peer mentoring program matches incoming first-year students with second-year students in the MSHE program. Mentors serve as guides and support their mentees through their time in the program. This program is optional, but highly recommended for both first-year and second-year students. If interested, please contact the current faculty coordinator.


Community College Certificate Program

This program is designed for MSHE students who desire a career in the community college system.  For more details, click here.


Maywood Education Fair

The MSHE program at CSUF established a partnership with the City of Maywood in 2009. Since then, each succeeding student cohort has contributed through a service learning project by coordinating, designing, implementing, and evaluating an annual education fair in the Maywood community. See our Maywood Fair Overview for additional information.