College of Human Development, Culture, and Media

Curriculum: M.A., Higher Education and Student Affairs - Concentration in College Student Personnel Affairs

General Approach

The Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a concentration in College Student Personnel Affairs, introduces students to theory, research, policy and practice related to higher education administration in general and student affairs administration in particular. Study is available on either full or part-time basis.


Program Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including the following:

I. Core (18 credits)

ELMP 9997 Historical Development of American Higher Education 3
ELMP 6102 American College Student 3
ELMP 6103 College Student Affairs Administration 3
ELMP 9993 Organization and Governance in Higher Education 3
ELMP 8981 Administrative Internship I 3
ELMP 7763 School Law 3

II. Foundations (9 credits)

Choose three courses from the following:

ELMP 7765 Policy Analysis in Administration 3
CPSY 6003 Counseling Skills 3
ELMP 8982 Administrative Internship II 3
CPSY 6102 Psychology of Human Development 3
ELMP 6105 Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics 3
ELMP 8801 Interdisciplinary Studies for Administrators 3
ELMP 8984 Leadership Institute for Administrators and Supervisors 3
ELMP 9996 Community Colleges 3
ELMP 7777 Diversity in Higher Education 3
ELMP 9995 Financial Administration of Higher Education 3

III. Research (3 credits)

ELMP 8891 Directed Research                                                              3

For additional information on courses and curricula, please see the Graduate Catalogue.

Program Capstone

As a capstone course of the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs program, the internship prepares graduate students to manage various roles in student affairs administration and other functional areas in higher education settings. Through internship coursework, students gain competencies, knowledge, critical thinking, and an understanding of theoretical foundation and practice, conducive to fostering a holistic approach to college student development and learning.