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Program of Study

Student LearningThe MSEd in College Student Personnel Administration features a contemporary curriculum with expectations of academic rigor and professional competency. The curriculum is distinctive as it focuses on student development and social justice. This strong focus on social justice and student development is grounded in the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies.

The CSPA program is an intentional cohort program comprised of 39 credits. It is divided into the foundations year (year 1) and the research year (year 2). The program takes 2 years full-time and 2.5 years part-time to complete. Students will author a co-curricular portfolio (SAGE) and a final research project as requirements for graduation. These experiences are embedded within the program coursework which provides time for professional development or other professional obligations. 

Two practicum experiences are also required for graduation for full-time students. Part-time students substitute practicum requirement for elective courses if they have prior higher education experience. 

Core 4 Curriculum

Learn more about our distinctive "core 4" curriculum with an emphasis on social justice and student development in all coursework. 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 fosters a strong commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of student populations and to social justice.  The CSPA program is dedicated to addressing the intersectionality of identity, gender expression, gender preference, socioeconomic class, privilege and culture. The CSPA program has 4 theme which include: 

 (1) Student Development

(2) Social Justice & Inclusion

(3) Advising & Supporting

(4) Research & Assessment

For more information on the "core 4 curriculum" explore our curriculum

Student Affairs Growth Expectations (SAGE) Portfolio 

Student Affairs Growth Expectations (SAGE) is a co-curricular professional development portfolio process that is embedded within the SIUE CSPA program. Completion of this process serves as the exit requirement for degree completion.

Fore more information, explore our SAGE Portfolio co-curricular requirement

Final Project

The final project is a significant original research paper that is authored by individual CSPA students. This is an academic experience which is supported and mentored by full-time faculty. Some students present their research at a national conference and others have published their paper in national, peer-reviewed journals. This is a requirement for graduation. 

See previous final project titles, discover our final project research experience. 

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

See our course descriptions to further explore our distinctive curriculum and exit requirements comprised of 39 credits. 

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