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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. The curriculum is distinctive as it focuses on student development and social justice.

The program also has a strong focus on social justice and student development, grounded in the CPA/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. 

The CSPA program features program distinctiveness: 

  • 36 credit curriculum consisting of cores in: (1) student development; (2) social justice & inclusion, (3); advising & support; and (4) research & assessment with emphasis on student development and social justice 
  • 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 which functions on a thesis model (EDAD 594) 
  • A comprehensive examination is required as the exit requirement 
  • An elective option also exists allowing students to expand and explore their academic interests, complementing their final project topic.
  • Two practicum experiences are also required for graduation for full-time students. Part-time students substitute practicum requirement for elective courses if they have no prior higher education experience. 

For admissions information please visit Admission Requirements >>

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Course

Title

Course Descriptions

Credits

Cycle

Student Development (9 Credits)

EPFR 514

College Student Learning and Development

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

3

Spring

Summer

EDAD 574

Introduction to Student Affairs:

Leadership and Administration in Higher Education

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

3

Fall

EDAD 524

Legal & Ethical Issues in Student Affairs

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

3

Fall
Spring

Advising & Supporting (3 Credits)

EPFR 516

Leadership: Individual and Group Dynamics

Advisement of college students; the design, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate strategies for individuals and groups.

3

Summer

EDAD 554

Practicum I or Elective

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

3

Spring

EDAD 554

Practicum II or Elective

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

3

Summer

Diversity & Social Justice  (6 Credits)

EPFR 522

Diversity in Higher Education

History of addressing equity and inclusion in higher education; exploration of theories and practices.

3

Fall
Spring

EPFR 504

Foundations of Higher Education:

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.

3

Fall
Spring

Research & Assessment (9 Credits)

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. Research Proposal Assignment.

3

Fall

EPFR 506

Assessment and Evaluation in Student Affairs

Introduction to assessment and program evaluation in higher education.

3

Fall

EDAD 594

Final Research Project

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

3

Fall
Spring

Electives (3 Credits)

IT 490

Advising & Student Success

Comprehensive overall of student retention, academic advising, and other approaches that facilitate persistence towards graduation.

3

Spring

EPFR 563

Gender & Higher Education

Topics include the gender stratification of the higher education system, a critical review of research, campus gender relations, and controversies in the policies and discourse regarding gender diversity.

3

Summer

EDAD 564

The Community College

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

3

Varies

EDAD 583

Organization & Administration of Higher Education

Community college and four-year public university and college systems; governance and programs.

3

Fall

Exit Requirement

Exit Requirement

Comprehensive Exam

Occurs after all required courses except for practicum and Final Research Project course have been successfully completed

0

Fall

Spring

 

 

TOTAL

36

 

 

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