Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) at Beijing Normal University (BNU) is a two year program for international students taught in English.

About Beijing Normal University

Beijing Normal University, a key university under the administration of the Ministry of Education, is a renowned institution of higher education known for teacher education, education science and basic learning in both the arts and the sciences. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

Our MA graduate program in higher education and student affairs administration (HESA) is the first program of its type in China. It is designed for students who are planning careers as student affairs administrators and other professionals in higher education. Students have up to two years to complete the degree program.

The mission of our HESA program is to prepare student affairs administrators and other professionals in higher education who can work effectively, efficiently, and ethically in a variety of higher education environments.

Our faculty have strong scholarly records and extensive experience in senior and midlevel administrative roles. Overall, our faculty resources include expertise in the areas of student development, organization and administration, teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation, comparative education, economics and finance, enrollment management, institutional research, and policy studies.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree;
  • Since the program is offered in English, a good mastery of English is required for program admission. Foreign students with English as a second language are suggested to verify their English proficiency with relative certificates.
  • Work experience in the educational field is preferable but not essential.

Application Deadline

April 30


Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB34000 per year. The total for the 2 year program is 68,000 RMB.


There are a total of 6 international student dorms in BNU. For further information on the accommodation at Beijing Normal University (BNU) visit the accommodation page here.

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