College Student Personnel program

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College Student Personnel Program


The College Student Personnel (CSP) Program offers emerging professionals a full-time track with hands-on field experience through the CSP: Student Affairs track. For professionals who are currently engaged in student affairs work, we offer the CSP: Higher Education Leadership track, a part-time option that allows you to build upon your professional experiences.

With these audiences in mind, the CSP Program is committed to its long-standing tradition as a theory-to-practice program with coursework focused on:

  • student development theory
  • leadership development
  • group dynamics
  • philosophy and history of higher education
  • organization and administration of student affairs
  • multicultural competency
  • counseling theory and techniques, and
  • research methods.

We achieve theory-to-practice through student, faculty, and student affairs partnerships as well as practical experiences in the field of student affairs and classroom settings.

Our program and two tracks are designed to help students develop as effective and reflective leaders who approach student affairs work as socially and ethically responsible practitioners in a variety of settings, including residence life, student activities, fraternity/sorority life, admissions and student recruitment, academic advising, orientation, student union management, multicultural student programs, student retention, gender programs, career development, and experiential education.

CSP: Student Affairs -- a graduate degree to help you enter the field of student affairs
  • Full-time (four classes per term)
  • Based on the WIU-Macomb campus
  • Assistantship and practicum experiences are built into the curriculum
  • Up to five professional hands-on experiences totaling 1,400-1,800 hours of training

Click here for more details about the CSP: Student Affairs track.

CSP: Higher Education Leadership -- a graduate for higher education professionals to earn their degree while continuing to work in the field
  • Part-time (two classes per term)
  • Based on the WIU-Quad Cities campus
  • Hybrid model:
    • Blends in-person (25%) and on-line (75%) learning environments
  • Enrolls bi-annually  (Fall 2019, Fall 2021)

Click here for more details about the CSP: Higher Education Leadership track.

The College Student Personnel program:

  • Established in 1970
  • Graduated nearly 1000 alumni
  • Two tracks: Student Affairs and Higher Education Leadership
  • A two-year Master's of Science program that meets CAS standards, the most comprehensive and rigorous graduate preparation program standards within higher education
  • GRE is not required for admission to the program
  • Cohort-based program