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The master's program in College Student Development and Administration (SDA) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a graduate program that focuses on educating and training professionals to work in post-secondary institutions. The SDA program utilizes a student development emphasis as the theoretical basis of the program. The objective of developing an appropriate theoretical background, complemented with practical work experience, 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 professionals 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: Resident 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. Procedures for admission to the program are as follows:

1. Completion of the SDA Program Application and Personal Data Sheet.
2. Submission of three letters of recommendation from recent supervisors and/or undergraduate advisers
Submission of placement papers (if available.)
3. Submission of a personal writing sample on a current issue in higher education.
4. An interview either on campus or by telephone with the Admissions Committee.

Graduate students in the SDA program have the following options from which to choose to complete their course of study: thesis, seminar paper, or comprehensive examination.

(38 credits)
SDA 702 Student Development Theory I 4 credits
SDA 703 Advising and Helping Relationships 2 credits
SDA 705 Higher Education and the Student Personnel Function 3 credits
SDA 708 Multicultural Groups, Special Populations and Environmental Interactions 3 credits
SDA 710 Administration in Higher Education 2 credits
SDA 715 Student Development Theory II 3 credits
SDA 730 Legal Issues in Student Affairs 2 credits
SDA 740 Organization Theory and Behavior 3 credits
SDA 761 Research and Evaluation* 3-4 credits
SDA 775 Student Affairs Administrative Practicum. 2 credits
SDA 776 Student Affairs Programming Practicum. 2 credits
SDA 781 College Student Development and Administration Internship 3 credits
SDA 790 Capstone Seminar 2 credits
SDA 799 Research: Master's Thesis 4 credits
Electives (agreed upon by student and adviser) 3-4 credits
Total required credits 38

This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1995. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

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