Student Affairs in Higher Education and
College Student Development
The College of Education offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in College Student Development and a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. The programs focus on professional practice in higher education guided and informed by research.
Graduate faculty members demonstrate professional commitment in the following areas:
- Delivery of exemplary instruction to graduate students.
- Production, interpretation, and dissemination of sound and useful research and scholarship.
- Provision of leadership, collaboration, and service within the profession.
- Promotion, understanding, and celebration of diversity.
M.S. in College Student Development
The M.S. in College Student Development is designed to prepare students for work in student affairs units in higher education institutions and to assist students with meeting the professional entry-level and advancement requirements in the field. Students complete 24 hours of core courses and also select one of three 15-hour options. The advising option is most appropriate for those intending primarily to provide developmental advising services within a college or university. The administration option is more appropriate for those intending to work as student services/program administrators. The option in student services in intercollegiate athletics is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a career working with college student athletes.
Doctoral Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education
The Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education is designed for educators, administrators, direct service providers, and leaders who seek to enhance their knowledge and professional skills to assume positions in institutions of higher education or in education-related agencies. The Ph.D. program is for advanced students who desire to contribute to the knowledge base of higher education and leadership through a thorough grounding in research. The program emphasizes professional practice in higher education guided and informed by theory and research.