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:
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
CSPA 5130 Leadership & Organizational Theory in Higher Education
CSPA 5640 Foundations of Academic Advising
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 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:
After admission to the Graduate School, your application is then forwarded to the CSPA program. Additional documents required by the program include:
These items must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our CSPA Program follows the standards and practices of the following organizations: