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Academic Advising In Higher Education, Graduate Certificate

About the Certificate

The CSPA program offers three separate graduate certificates designed to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of those employed in student affairs positions in higher education who may not have a higher education credential or degree.

Certificate courses may only be counted toward one certification. Any and all courses taken as a certificate student may subsequently be applied toward a master's degree (provided the course(s) meet all other Graduate School policies). 

Each certificate requires 18 credit hours, 12 of these hours are common to all three certificates and six are unique to each. The courses include:

Common Classes for all Certificates

CSPA 5110 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration

CSPA 5120 Helping Skills for Student Affairs Administrators

CSPA 5210 Student Development Theory I

CSPA 5410 Assessment & Program Evaluation in Student Affairs

Academic Advising Certificate

CSPA 5130 Leadership & Organizational Theory in Higher Education

CSPA 5640 Foundations of Academic Advising

CSPA Graduate Assistantships

Get Ready for a Great Experience!

Working with committed staff, you will find that diversity and creativity are not only welcomed, but encouraged. The close working relationships between and among students, student services faculty, professional staff, and administrators promote an environment in which students are mentored, challenged, and offered a broad spectrum of experiences to create themselves as the outstanding professionals they seek to become.

Admission requirements

Admission to Graduate Studies

To submit your application, go to our online application form. You must pay a $30 non-refundable application fee and arrange for official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended to be sent to UCM Graduate Studies. You may also print a hard copy of the Graduate Application and mail it to:

UCM Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 800
Ward Edwards 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Requirements for admission to graduate study include:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (2.70 GPA is required)
  2. Application on file prior to registration
  3. Official transcripts of previous college work

After admission to the Graduate School, your application is then forwarded to the CSPA program. Additional documents required by the program include:

  1. Two current letters of recommendation
  2. Current resume
  3. Autobiographical statement of purpose in pursuing graduate work

These items must be sent electronically to

Standards and Practices

Program Coordinator

Michelle Conrad
Associate Professor
Lovinger 4200 B
Tel: (660) 543-4432


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