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Academic Advising Master's Degree

Kansas State University's academic advising graduate programs are designed for practicing academic advisors, administrators, faculty and future professional advisors seeking to enhance their knowledge and ability to work effectively with college students in their academic and career planning.

The graduate programs provide a coherently structured set of courses for professional education. They emphasize the need to recognize the contributions of diversity, theory, practice and research to professional advising. Specifically, the mission of the advising graduate programs is to prepare advisors to contribute to college student development and learning through the use of a comprehensive theory-driven and research-guided advising practice.

The master's program offers additional course work with two options:

  • Administration of Academic Advising
  • Intercollegiate Athletics and the College Student Athlete

To earn the master's degree, students must complete the 30 credit hours of graduate course work and prepare a final project.

More information about this program is also available on the academic advising blog. The blog includes resources for current advisors and students.

The academic advising master's degree is offered through the Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs in the K-State College of Education.

 Student Success 


Before enrolling in the master's of academic advising degree program through Kansas State University Global Campus, Kristy Lax-Walker wasn't sure if online distance education was the best choice.

Once she began the program, those concerns quickly dissipated as she made strong connections with her professors and advisors through K-State Global Campus.

She recently finished her degree from K-State, walking in the fall of 2016 after traveling from Granger, Indiana, to be at graduation.

Careers in Academic Advising

For more information about the academic advising profession, visit The Global Community for Academic Advising  (NACADA) website. Or read How to Become an Academic Advisor by Adrienne Bishop McMahan, an assistant dean at University of Kentucky.

NACADA also provides a list of academic advising openings by region.


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602.

The Professional Education Unit at Kansas State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

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Degree: Master of Science
College: Education
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online

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