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Program of Study

Student LearningThe MSEd in College Student Personnel Administration features a contemporary curriculum with high expectations of academic rigor. This requires a research core sequence, a final project, comprehensive examination, and practicum (internship) experiences. The program has a three course research core (Assessment and Program Evaluation, Research Methods in Higher Education, and Final Project). Students develop an individualized passion project focused on contemporary or historical issues in higher education through the authorship of a master’s paper. A comprehensive examination and 2 practicum experiences are also required for graduation. An elective option also exists allowing students to expand and explore their academic interests, complementing their final project topic.

The program also has a strong focus on social justice and student development, grounded in the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies. The CSPA program fosters a strong commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of student populations and to social justice. Diversity and social justice concepts are specifically addressed across the curriculum and more intentionally within two specific courses (College Student Development and Diversity in Higher Education). The CSPA program is dedicated to addressing the intersectionality of identity, gender expression, gender preference, socioeconomic class, privilege and culture. 

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

EDAD 504: History, Philosophy, and Organization of Higher Education

Key developments in the role and function of higher education in the U. S., with emphasis on student affairs practice.  

EPFR 514: College Student Learning and Development

Overview of college student development theories, processes, and problems with a focus on application regarding diversity and social justice. 

EPFR 522: Diversity in Higher Education

History of addressing equity and inclusion in higher education; exploration of theories and practices with an emphasis on social justice. 

EDAD 574: Leadership and Administration in Higher Education

Major leadership theories and their application to higher education, with emphasis on student affairs programs.  

EPFR 503: Research Methods in Higher Education

Introduction to research methods in higher education, with a focus on conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in quantitative and qualitative research. This course focuses on qualitative research. 

EDAD 524: Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs

Legal status of students; legal and ethical issues surrounding admissions, financial aid, student records, discipline, and support services.  

EPFR 516: Individual and Group Dynamics

Advisement of college students; the design, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate strategies for individuals and groups. This course focuses on advising student organization and students, crisis intervention, issues in college student mental health, and professional counseling/helping skills. 

EPFR 506: Assessment and Evaluation in Student Affairs

Introduction to assessment and program evaluation in higher education.  

EDAD 594: Final Research Project

Research culminating in final project on student affairs topic. Written report and oral defense.  

EDAD 554: Practicum (6 hours)

Field assignment in student affairs offices in higher education settings.  Seminar discussions of work experience as well as facilitated special topics. 

EDAD 564: The Community College OR Elective (3 hours)

Overview of 2-year postsecondary institutions, with emphasis on the evolution and functions of comprehensive community college. 


  • All courses are required except for EDAD 564 which can be replaced by an approved elective
  • All courses are three credit hours except where otherwise indicated

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