Counseling, MS (Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education)

Master of Science Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 38
  • $351.00
  • $457.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education is designed for individuals who are passionate about advocating for the development, wellness, and safety of students in the higher education setting. The program curriculum focuses on the modern college student experience including online and digital learning experiences, diversity and ethics in higher education settings and current issues in the field.

Students of this program gain: 

  • Preparation for work with students across traditional and distance/online education settings. 
  • Counseling knowledge and practices to utilize in an educational setting.
  • An engaging curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based content and student development theory.
  • A flexible, online learning opportunity that utilizes a cohort –style learning environment with courses taught asynchronously and synchronously. 

Career Outlook: As more and more individuals search for post-secondary education, the demand for education administrators is expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic and changing educational landscape has increased the need for professionals in the digital education and mental health fields to support student success beyond the classroom.

The program is designed to prepare higher education professionals for careers in:

  • Community colleges, public and private institutions 
  • Online and distance education services
  • Student Affairs roles including:
  • Advising
  • Career Services
  • Student Life 
  • Admissions 
  • Financial Aid 
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Online student support services
  • Many others!

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.