Master's Degree in College Student Development

The Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Student Development with an emphasis in College Student Development. This emphasis is designed to prepare students for work in college or university settings within a variety of student affairs functional areas and to ensure that students meet the professional entry-level and advancement requirements in the field. A minimum of 39 graduate credit hours are required in the program.

Students complete 33 credit hours of core requirements in addition to 6 credit hours aligned with one of three options: The Student Affairs Administration option is most appropriate for those intending to work in various functional areas in student affairs in higher education. The Social Justice Education option is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a focus on social justice education within their work in higher education settings. The College Athlete Development option is most appropriate for those who want to strengthen their knowledge and skills to provide educational and holistic development opportunities for college athletes.

39 credit hours
Manhattan campus
Some courses available online

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.

Student Affairs-related graduate assistant positions are available across campus.


The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) has developed functional areas standards for higher education programs. The Master's degree in College Student Development program meets most of the general curriculum policies of the CAS Standards.

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