College Student Personnel program
The College Student Personnel Program: Values and Purpose
In the College Student Personnel program, student learning and development is paramount both for the graduate student and for the students that they serve as a student affairs practitioners. This growth is facilitated in the program through student, faculty, and student affairs professional partnerships in the classroom and in practical experiences such as assistantships, practicums, and summer internships, and guided by the values of theory-to-practice, ethical action, self-authorship, social justice, and transformative learning.
CSP program has a theory-to-practice orientation that includes coursework in student development theory, groups dynamics, philosophy of higher education, organization and administration of student affairs, multicultural competency, counseling theory and techniques, and research methods. All of this preparation is aimed at helping you become a reflective practitioner doing socially responsible work as student affairs professional in a variety of student settings, including residence life, student activities, Greek affairs, admissions and student recruitment, academic advising, orientation, multicultural student programs, student retention, gender programs, career development, and experiential education.
Hallmark of Our Community:
- Established in 1970, the program has graduated almost 900 alumni.
- A two-year Master's of Science program that meets CAS standards, the most comprehensive and rigorous graduate preparation program standards within higher education.
- A theory-to-practice model means that all students hold a full-time assistantship while enrolled in the program.
- Cohorts of 22-25 students learn, work, and support each other as students and emerging student affair professionals.
- Assistantships, practicums, and summer internship opportunities provide up to five hands-on training experiences during the two years of the program.