Office of Student Life

Grad Pad

HESA Graduate Program

The Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University enjoys a long and prestigious tradition of preparing leaders throughout the nation and the world. The program, which has provided exemplary leadership in education for over half a century, is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country. The program offers M.A., Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees, and prepares individuals for leadership as administrators, faculty and policy-makers in post-secondary education and diverse cultural contexts. 

The HESA program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of higher education policy and leadership grounded in theory and research from human development, organizational behavior, diversity studies and international perspectives. HESA faculty members engage in active programs of research, and are committed to having an impact on higher education scholarship, policy and practice. 

The HESA program and the Office of Student Life have enjoyed a rich partnership for many years. The talent of the graduate students that are admitted to the program are exceptional and the work of these individuals illustrates vividly through the programs and initiatives of the Office of Student Life. Conversely, the Office of Student Life provides fertile ground for graduate students to exercise the theories and knowledge gained in the classroom to contribute to the holistic learning experience. 

To learn more about the HESA program please visit their website or email