At the end of the master’s program, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:
- Engage in ethical practices as relates to student development on college campuses.
- Develop campus programs/interventions based on theories of human development and student learning.
- Understand student leadership theory and practice.
- Interact with various higher education structures and cultures.
- Integrate faith and religious development with current theory and practice in the field.
- Encourage practitioners to understand their role as co-educators in the academy and their contribution to student learning.
- Apply appropriate helping skills to assist students in their identity formation.
Program of Study
College Student Development prepares graduates to work in student life sectors at colleges and universities. Using counseling skills as the base, coursework includes training in student leadership development, higher educational environments, and institutional research. The program is composed of a minimum of five semesters of approved graduate study. The typical full-time student will complete the program in two years. A minimum of 44 semester hours is required.
Students will be assigned to complete four projects, each within a different institutional sector, such as service learning, global perspectives, first-year programs, student leadership, and the career center. Each of the projects will be specifically to improve services offered to students in that particular sector and will use outcome measures as part of the methodology. Each project will be included as part of the student’s professional portfolio.