COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND
The Master of Science in Education degree in College Student Development and Administration (CSDA) is a graduate program that focuses on educating and training professionals to work in post-secondary institutions. The CSDA program promotes the integration of theory to practice utilizing a student development emphasis. Students develop a theoretical background and complement their classroom experience with practical work experience. The program is designed to facilitate entry into a variety of college student development and administration positions and to provide current and relevant information through the use of full-time practicing professions who instruct the program. Some of the many areas in which students may choose to specialize their preparations or to seek positions upon graduation include: residence life/housing, admissions/registration, financial aid, academic skills, counseling/testing, placement/career advising, student development, student life, student activities/programs/centers, or similar support services.
Admission to graduate study does not constitute admission to the College Student Development and Administration program. Students are admitted once each year for the full semester. Application deadline is February 1. Procedures for admission to the program are as follows:
- Completion of the CSDA Program Application and Personal Data Sheet.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation from recent supervisors and/or undergraduate advisers.
- Submission of a personal writing sample on a current issue in higher education.
- An interview either on campus or by telephone with the admissions committee.
Note: Enrollment in CSDA courses is restricted to graduate students in the CSDA program, unless given special permission by the program director.
Graduate students in the CSDA program have the following options from which to choose to complete their course of study: thesis, seminar paper, or comprehensive examination.
|(35 - 38 credits)||Credits|
|SDA||702||Student Development Theory I||2|
|SDA||703||Advising and Helping Relationships||2|
|SDA||705||Higher Education and the Student Personnel Function||3|
|SDA||708||Multicultural Groups, Special Populations and Environmental Interactions||3|
|SDA||710||Administration in Higher Education||2|
|SDA||715||Student Development Theory II||3|
|SDA||730||Legal Issues in Student Affairs||2|
|SDA||740||Organization Theory and Behavior||3|
|SDA||761||Research and Evaluation||3-4*|
|SDA||775||Student Affairs Administrative Practicum||2**|
|SDA||776||Student Affairs Programming Practicum||2**|
|SDA||781||College Student Development and Administration Internship||3**|
|SDA||799||Research: Master's Thesis||4|
|Electives||(agreed upon by student and adviser)||3-4|
* Three credits for those students who choose the thesis or comprehensive examination option; four credits for those students who choose the seminar paper.
**Students with prior/current experience in higher education may have one required experience waived (775, 776, or 781) contingent upon submitting required documentation and receiving program director's approval.