The Master of Science degree program in College Student Personnel Administration prepares 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 integrates theory and practice in classroom and field-based settings to graduate professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, commitment to ethics, respect for diversity, and caring to enrich the lives of students. The curriculum meets the standards set by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for Student Affairs graduate preparation programs.
If you are planning to move on campus, a major strength of the CSPA program is the close partnerships between the program and student affairs professionals. If you have a full time job, the online curriculum can be utilized immediately in everyday practice. In the CSPA program, you will be mentored and taught by practitioners in student life, housing, student activities, the campus union, and a variety of other settings using real-world applications, working closely with leaders in student affairs and college administration.
Submit a transcript showing an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.70, or a 3.0 in the final 60 hours (requirements for those receiving a graduate assistantship may be higher). The transcript is submitted with the online application to the graduate school (see application process below). A copy of the transcript (or transcripts) will be sent to the CSPA Program Coordinator with the graduate application.
Candidates also must submit a writing sample describing his or her career goal and how the academic program fits with that goal. Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter should come from a former professor, while the second should be completed by a work supervisor.
These items must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a degree in College Student Personnel Administration, you will use the knowledge and skills obtained through your studies to:
See our Scholarships Page for information about applying for scholarships. Scholarships that are specifically for CSPA students are:
Our CSPA Program follows the standards and practices of the following organizations:
Not all CSPA courses are offered each semester. The rotation of classes is arranged to allow a full-time student entering in fall to graduate by the second May. Students beginning in January should still be able to finish within two calendar years (although this is not required).
Early enrollment is highly recommended. Delayed enrollment may result in a class being canceled for insufficient enrollment.Set up a meeting to speak with Dr. Michelle Conrad to discuss the course rotation that would best meet your needs.