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EIU Master of Sciences in College Student Affairs

About the Program

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.

Learning Goals for the M.S in College Student Affairs

1. Candidates will display the required academic preparation and professional dispositions necessary to succeed in the graduate program in Counseling and Student Development.

2. Candidates will display evidence of skills in the areas of written, verbal, interpersonal, and technological communication.

3. Candidates will display evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills by demonstrating the application of theory to practice.

4. Candidates will display evidence of maintaining professional dispositions, academic rigor, and legal and ethical practice while in the program.

5. Candidates will display evidence of advanced scholarship through research and/or creativity.
6. Candidates will display evidence of content knowledge that meets or exceeds the criteria set forth by the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

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