The University of Central Missouri's College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program provides a variety of opportunities to help you achieve or enhance your role in student affairs in higher education. Whether you're coming from just completing your undergraduate degree or looking for additional qualifications or courses online for professional development, UCM's CSPA program can help you meet your career goals and objectives.
The Master of Science degree 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 CSPA program offers several graduate certificates designed to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of those employed in student affairs positions in higher education.
Professional Development Courses
Practitioners in student life, housing, student activities, the campus union, and a variety of other settings mentor and teach students in the following topics to enhance student affairs practice:
See our full list of CSPA courses in the catalog!
Information regarding specific admissions requirements for the CSPA degree and certificate programs are available on their respective pages.
All prospective UCM graduate students must submit a transcript showing an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The transcript is submitted with the online application to the graduate school. A copy of the transcript (or transcripts) will be sent to the CSPA Program Coordinator with the application. GPA requirements vary by program.
See our Scholarships Page for information about applying for scholarships. Scholarships that are specifically for CSPA students are:
Information about tuition and costs can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
This information applies to Graduate Assistants hired for the CSPA program. Information about other Graduate Assistanships is available through the Office of Graduate Education and Research.
CSPA GAs work with committed staff who not only welcome diversity and creativity, but encourage student development. 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.
To be considered for a CSPA GA position, you will need to submit all of the following materials:
All materials should be sent to the Selection Coordinator, Alan Nordyke, at firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail submission preferred). They can also be mailed to Alan Nordyke, Ellis Hall L23, Warrensburg, MO 64093.
The priority application date is February 1.
Candidates will be directed to complete the on-line posting application which will be posted on the UCM Jobs Page at the appropriate time.
CSPA graduate students can be found in multiple positions across the UCM campus. To learn more about the GA positions dedicated to CSPA students, please click the links below for job descriptions.
NOTE: Not all positions are open every year (No Date listed indicates a CURRENT Opening; Date listed indicates anticipated start date)
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 with the Master of Science degree 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.