School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in College Student Personnel Administration

Program Description

Our program in College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) prepare students for many professions related to Student Affairs in college, university, and community settings. We focus on training Student Affairs professionals who take a humanistic, learner-centered approach in their work as change agents within the university and the larger society.

The program explores important topics in the field of Student Affairs such as conflict resolution, diversity, student development, student services, judicial affairs, administration, on-campus and campus life, Greek affairs, peer counseling, and crisis intervention, to name a few. Students examine the current trends and historical approaches in higher education, as well as future needs for effective student affairs practices in the 21st century.

The Graduate Certificate appropriate for those who seek graduate training in CSPA, as well as those who have already earned a degree in their professional field but would benefit from academic training in the applications of college student personnel administration to their current professions.

The programs in CSPA seek to: 1) apply an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the field of Student Affairs; 2) provide an opportunity for student to engage in significant study and practice within the field; and 3) prepare students for professional positions in the field of Student Affairs.

The programs in CSPA collaborate closely with our sister program in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and the University’s Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Students Affairs serves as a host site for practicum and other hands-on training opportunities. Paraprofessional graduate assistantships are available for those qualifying for the program both in the on-campus and online formats.

Program Formats

The Graduate Certificate in CSPA consists of eight courses (24 credits).  The Graduate Certificate in College Student Personnel Administration is offered in both residential and distance learning formats. These flexible formats allow mid-career working adults and those unable to attend the on-campus program, to study conflict resolution in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion. Students enrolled in the online program participate in Residential Institutes on the main campus twice per year, as well as online Web-based courses.

Students may enroll full or part time, taking three to nine credit hours per term. Full-time Students can expect to complete the Graduate Certificate program in 12 months. Summer attendance is mandatory.

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