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Earn your CSPA degree.

Earn your CSPA degree in Warrensburg or Lee's Summit.

Evening and hybrid courses

Evening and hybrid courses offered at UCM - Lee's Summit.

Enhance your student services career quickly.

Enhance your student services career quickly.


MS and Certificate Programs

Courses taken for certicate programs can be used to meet requirements for the CSPA Master's degree.



The CSPA program offers three separate graduate certificates:

Diversity Issues in Higher Education

Community College Leadership

Academic Advising in Higher Education

These certificates are 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 masters 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

Specialty Courses

Academic Advising

CSPA 5130 Leadership & Organizational Theory in Higher Education
CSPA 5640 Foundations of Academic Advising

Community College Leadership

CSPA 5130 Leadership & Organizational Theory in Higher Education
CSPA 5610 The Community College


Diversity Certificate

CSPA 5310 Student Development Theory II
CSPA 5630 Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education




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 The Graduate School. You may also print a hard copy of the Graduate Application and mail it to:

The Graduate School
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