Program Requirements

The program integrates theory with practice by combining academic preparation with field-based experiences and internships. The program also provides students access to graduate-level instruction from faculty with diverse backgrounds, including field practitioners.

The academic program requires the completion of 42 semester hours of graduate credit. Additionally, a written comprehensive examination or thesis is required for graduation competency requirements.

Degree Plan

Fall I

CSPA 6310 History of American Higher Education
LEAD 6330 Counseling Process and Skills
CSPA 6391 Principles and Practices
 in Student Affairs

Spring I

LEAD 6321 Research Methods
CSPA 6360 Diversity in Higher Education
CSPA 6365 Practicum
CSPA 6392 Student Development Theory

Summer I

CSPA 6370 Internship
LEAD 6390 Special Topics – Study Abroad

Fall II

LEAD 6320 Counseling Theories
CSPA 6320 Law in Higher Education
CSPA 6325 Assessment in Student Affairs
CSPA 6V95 Thesis (thesis track)

Spring II

CSPA 6311 Leadership & Supervision
CSPA 6318 Budgeting and Finance
CSPA 6340 Career Advising (non thesis track)
CSPA 6V95 Thesis (thesis track)

Prospective students can apply to the CSPA program at any time during the year. Applicants who qualify may enter the program on a full-time or a part-time basis.

In applying for admission, prospective students must present evidence of their ability to participate successfully in a graduate-level academic endeavor. To be considered, applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School and complete all necessary files.

Admission to the Graduate School is based upon the following requirements:

  1. Online application
  2. Graduate School application fee
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended
  4. Recommendation of program faculty

For more information, please visit the Graduate School website.

Submit the following items for consideration for admission to the CSPA program:

  1. A completed application for admission
  2. Resume
  3. Name and e-mail address of two professional references (one must be faculty) who can speak to your potential for graduate level coursework.
  4.  A one-page single-spaced letter of intent that includes reasons for becoming a student affairs professional, reasons for applying to this program, and future goals in the profession

Upon receiving completed applications, program faculty will contact applicants regarding participation in the CSPA program interview, which is a required component for admission consideration.

Use the link above to complete and submit the electronic application. Send all other supporting materials to Dr. Susan R. Barclay at