School of Humanities and Social Sciences

M.S. in College Student Affairs

Program Description

The M.S. in College Student Affairs is designed to prepare students for the expanded roles and responsibilities of student affairs professionals in today's diverse college and university educational environments. Students will learn and experience the practical application of the knowledge base and skill sets of student affairs administration and conflict analysis and resolution in higher education organizational settings. The program is designed for students who are interested in a career in student affairs, and for those currently working in student affairs who seek to advance their own personal knowledge and professional credentials. The M.S. program consists of a 15 course (45 credits) sequence that places emphasis on two core concentrations, Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Student Affairs in Higher Education.

* Students in DCAR who are counting a concentration in Organizations and Schools using College Student Personnel Administration courses towards their degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution will not be able to complete the M.S. in College Student Affairs as an additional degree.

Program Formats

The M.S. program is offered in both residential and distance learning formats. The flexible distance learning formats allow mid career working adults and those unable to attend the residential program, to study college student affairs in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion. Students enrolled in the distance learning program participate in Residential Institutes on the Fort Lauderdale campus twice per year, as well as online Web-based courses. Each RI is 5 days long. Currently the RIs are held in February and late September or October. Please visit the Residential Institute page for current information.

Students may enroll full or part time, taking six to nine credit hours per term. Students who enroll in 3 courses per term can expect to complete the program in five terms. Part-time students can expect to complete the program in three years. Summer attendance is mandatory.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

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