Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Skip Trudeau

Second Advisor

Todd Ream

Third Advisor

Erik Hayes


The current study examined the relationship between spirituality and college students’ health behaviors and beliefs. As participants, the researcher selected one thousand twenty undergraduate students who previously participated in Wave 3 of the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) Wave 3. The researcher used the NSYR Wave 3 archival data to find descriptive statistics, as well as obtain students’ level of spirituality and specific college student health behaviors and beliefs. The study supported and contradicted previous literature related to college students’ spirituality and health behaviors and beliefs. The significance of the study helps higher education professionals understand the role of spirituality in the health of undergraduate students.