CSPA Graduate Assistantships
College Student Personnel Administration Program
About the Program
For more than a quarter of a century, UCM has offered a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration. This is a generalist program which prepares students for careers as entry to mid-level administrators in a variety of higher education settings. This includes a wide variety of job opportunities including Residence Life, Meetings & Conference Services, Greek Affairs, Career Services, Financial Aid, Campus Activities, and many more.
The UCM College Student Personnel Administration program is fully compliant with the Standards and Guidelines for the Professional Preparation of Student Personnel Administrators established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards for professional preparation programs in Student Affairs.
Unique aspects of the program include:
- Multidisciplinary approach consisting of courses in Student Affairs and electives
- Personalized, professional classroom instruction with a low faculty-to-student ratio
- Internship classes providing individualized, hands-on experiences in Student Affairs offices
- Close working relationships with fellow graduate students and faculty
- Opportunities for leadership and professional development experience through participation in state, regional, and national conferences, and experiential activities
- Graduate assistantship opportunities offering hands-on experience and close working relationships with Student Affairs practitioners
- Job placement of graduates approaching 100%
The mission of the Master of Science degree program in College Student Personnel Administration is to prepare outstanding generalists for a broad range of entry-level and mid-level positions in student life, student development, student services, and other professional staff areas in institutions of higher education. The curriculum emphasizes the integration of theory and practice in both classroom and field-based settings in order to graduate professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, commitment to ethics, respect for diversity, and caring to enrich the lives of students with whom they work. The curriculum meets the standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for Student Affairs graduate preparation programs.
A major strength of the CSPA program is the close partnerships that exist between the program and student affairs professionals on the campus. Practitioners in student life, housing, student activities, the campus union, and a variety of other settings are active in mentoring and teaching students in the program. Students benefit from working closely with active practitioners who are recognized leaders in their areas of expertise.
For more information, contact:
Robert L. Bowman, Ph.D.
College Student Personnel Program Coordinator
University of Central Missouri