College Student Personnel program

Admission  Requirements

 

Grade point average(s), academic, leadership, and supervisor references, personal interviews, and evaluation of admission essays will be used to determine admission to the program with an eye toward match and fit between your goals and the offerings of the program.  Due to the sequence of courses, only fall semester admission is consider.  If you are interested in taking a singular course, contact us directly to explore special consideration options.

Evidence of Academic Ability

Demonstrated academic ability and the desire to learn are key qualities for success in any graduate program. Academic evidence can often be assess through academic and leadership references, personal interviews, essays, and transcripts -- all of which are considered during our admission process. GRE scores are not required for consideration, however there is an undergraduate GPA threshold given the rigor of the program. You may qualify as potential degree candidates in the College Student Personnel (CSP) program if your overall undergraduate cumulative GPA is at least 3.0 (based upon a 4.0 scale). These are minimum requirements, and do not guarantee an interview given the competitive nature of the program. To learn more about the GPA calculation process , please consult with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Personal Qualifications

The personal qualifications sought during the admission process parallel those sought in the field of student affairs -- strong interpersonal skills, ability to handle stress, emotional stability, desire to learn and self-awareness. Qualifications are assessed through personal interview, letters of recommendation, and admission essays. Campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, honors, and recognition will also be considered.

Appropriate Goals

Whether you are an emerging or experienced practitioner, it is important to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the student affairs field. Professional goals, ranging from tentative to specific based upon your experiences and time engaging in student affairs work, should be appropriate for your continued education and congruent with those of the CSP program. The required essays, personal interview, and recommendations from individuals in the field will be used to assess our ability to help you meet your goals.

Application Deadline

The College Student Personnel: Student Affairs track has an application deadline of January 15th, and the College Student Personnel: Higher Education Leadership has an application deadline of June 1.  Click here to learn more about the application timeline and the application process.