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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks

College Student Personnel Administration

CSPA students with Mo the MuleMaster of Science College Student Personnel Administration

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. 

Admission requirements: Applicants should 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 in conjunction 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.

In addition, candidates must also submit a writing sample describing his or her career goal and how the academic program fits with that goal. Lastly, 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 are to be sent to Dr. Bob Bowman, c/o Barb Hicks, Lov 4101, UCM, Warrensburg, MO 64093 or via email to Barb Hicks at

Application process: To apply online go to

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