The mission of the M.S. in College Student Affairs is to provide a dynamic curriculum for students interested in leadership careers in the field of student affairs in higher education.
The program provides a strong foundation for knowledge and skills development needed for effective administration, efficient use of technology, and humanistic support of undergraduate and graduate education. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for entry and mid-level student affairs positions in post-secondary public and private education as well as state and federal agencies. Some students also decide to pursue additional studies in Ph.D. programs and other terminal degrees.
This opportunity gives students experience within their field while gaining academic knowledge. The financial benefit of this requirement is immeasurable as it provides a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend to the student. The combination of classroom theory and practice with practical hands-on experience gained through graduate assistantship work is essential to overall pre-service preparation for the profession of College Student Affairs.
The CSA program has an outstanding, caring, and accessible faculty composed of individuals who are extremely qualified as instructors and also have impressive experience in the field to give students a well-rounded, practical educational experience. President Emeritus Lou Hencken, Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Nadler, and Dr. Dianne Timm are just a few examples of the incredible staff members in this program.
The purpose of the master's thesis in the Department of Counseling and Student Development is to allow the student the opportunity to engage in basic research that addresses a relevant educational issue in a parsimonious, coherent and documented manner resulting in a finished product that has increased knowledge in the field and prepared the student for future research endeavors.