Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services: concentration College Student Personnel

The Master of Education in Counseling and Student Personnel with a concentration in College Student Personnel is designed to prepare prospective professionals for positions in student affairs administration in institutions of higher education.

Theory and practice are critically important components of the program, all of which share a common focus--preparation of professionals knowledgeable about adult student development and administration in college student personnel settings.

Students are required to pursue a logical sequence of study that permits a well-balanced preparation in theory, research, and field experiences in students affairs practice, including knowledge of current roles and functions of college student personnel professionals as well as historical perspective of the field's development.

Heather Riley

Being a student in the College Student Personnel Program has been every bit of rewarding. Through various internships, curriculum taught in the classroom, and other experiences related to the field, I have been able to grow and develop as a Student Affairs practitioner. The CSP Program has allowed me to challenge my own thoughts and biases and has assisted in making a larger campus feel like a small community because of the closeness of our program. Thanks to the wonderful faculty and my classmates, I could not have asked for a better place to continue my education.

Heather Riley, College Student Personnel Student

Mission

The mission of the College Student Personnel program is to provide students with knowledge of current roles and functions of student affairs professionals, the history of the field's development, college student development theories and current practices. It also emphasizes the preparation of prospective student affairs professionals who are proficient in developing learning outcomes and assessing the growth and development of college students in postsecondary settings. The CSP program is designed to meet the standards and guidelines established for master's level student affairs administration by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

Kristia Worthy

My growth between my first and second year was remarkable! The College Student Personnel program has not only provided me with the knowledge of the history and practice of student affairs professionals, but a wonderful network of colleagues and faculty members who are passionate about this field. By actively participating in my courses, internships, and the GAPSA organization, I have an increased sense of confidence as I enter my second year and prepare for the job search.

Kristia Worthy, College Student Personnel Student
Zack Pfeifer

The College Student Personnel program has been everything I wanted and more. The faculty and staff are well known in the field and very knowledgeable on all aspects of student affairs. More than that, however, they truly care about the students and want to see us succeed. The faculty make an effort to connect with the students on a personal level, ensuring that we develop both professionally and personally. The experiences I have had in this program have truly prepared me to be a successful student affairs professional.

Zack Pfeifer, College Student Personnel Student

For details about program curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums does not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

  • The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75, or 2.75 on the last 60 undergraduate hours, is required. Applicants are required to submit all official transcripts from all colleges attended as verification of coursework and degree(s).

    Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.

    Please have transcripts sent to:
    School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292

    If transcripts are sent electronically,
    please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu

  • Each applicant is required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential. Please download the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies recommendation form [PDF].
  • Submission of GRE scores is required. Preferred scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the Counseling and Personnel Services master's degree concentration in College Student Personnel are the 35th percentile or higher on the Verbal section and 20th percentile or higher on the Quantitative section. Students with GRE scores below the preferred scores may be admitted based upon the strength of the other components in their application package (undergraduate and graduate GPAs, letters of recommendation, professional goal statement, and work experience).
    Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
    Need help preparing for the GRE? Sign up for a GRE Information Session.
  • Prospective students must submit a professional goal statement [PDF] appropriate to their stated area of concentration for admission to the degree program.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.

In addition to these requirements, admission to the degree program may require completion of prerequisite undergraduate courses specific to each area of concentration.

Faculty may require interviews in addition to written credentials as part of the admission process.

For more information, please contact csp @ louisville.edu.

The CSP faculty are genuine, passionate and accomplished; The curriculum is strong and the opportunities for practical, professional experiences are countless. But, it was the cohesive community that is characteristic of UofL's CSP program that sold me. I couldn't have made a better choice.

Lindsay Peters, College Student Personnel Student

Application Deadlines

Spring Term Admission: October 1

Fall and Summer Term Admission: March 1. Initial review will occur after February 1 for all complete applications submitted by February 1. An additional review will occur after March 1 for all additional complete applications submitted by March 1.

Note: If spaces are available in the program after the March 1 deadline, fall applications will be considered until June 15. Please check with the department prior to applying.

If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact Aaron Phillips, Assistant Director for Education Academic Services, at 502-852-3214.

Contact

Bridgette Pregliasco
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and Student Personnel
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502-852-6204

Program Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Michael J. Cuyjet, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
cuyjet@louisville.edu
Interests: college student personnel administration, college environmental satisfaction, cultural diversity, leadership development, student development

Amy S. Hirschy, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor
amy.hirschy@louisville.edu
Interests: college persistence, organization and administration in higher education, sociological issues in the classroom

Bridgette O. Pregliasco, Ed.D., University of Louisville
Assistant Professor and Acting Chair, ELFH Department
bridgette.pregliasco@louisville.edu
Interests: student affairs/academic affairs collaboration, student affairs administration, assessment, professional ethics

Adjunct Faculty

Thomas R. Jackson, Ph.D., University of LaVerne (CA)
Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Louisville
Interests: organizational development and structures

Fred W. Rhodes, Ed.D., Mississippi State University
Vice President for Student Affairs, Bellarmine University
frhodes@bellarmine.edu
Interests: student personnel administration, student leadership, legal issues in student affairs, staff development and planning

Gale S. Rhodes, Ed.D., University of Louisville
Assistant University Provost, University of Louisville
gale.rhodes@louisville.edu
Interests: women's issues and work, diversity, teaching and learning, retention

Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates have found employment in administrative positions in various student affairs areas including: vice presidents for student life and deans of students; directors of residence halls, residence hall complexes, and college/university unions; coordinators of student activities, orientation, leadership development, judicial affairs, and Greek Life; counselors in the areas of admissions, financial aid and career services; and advising positions with international students, students with disabilities, academic services for athletes. Some students have also obtained faculty positions.

Financial Aid

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include graduate assistantships and other employment opportunities.

Internships

There are internships for students involved in the program. You can learn more on the College Student Personnel Internships page.

What types of jobs can I get with a degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Personnel (CSP)?

Graduates of the program find employment in colleges and universities as entry-level student affair practitioners. Examples include: Admissions Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Academic Advisor, Resident Director, Coordinator of Student Activities, Greek Advisor, Career Counselor, Student Leadership Programs Coordinator, International Student Advisor, and Service Learning Coordinator. These provide only a few examples. For more information on job opportunities in student affairs, take a look at http://jobs.studentaffairs.com, http://chronicle.com/jobs/, or www.higheredjobs.com.

What types of credentialing is available to someone with a degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Personnel?

The field of student affairs administration does not have a formal licensure or certification process. The master's degree is the entry-level credential for employment in this field. The University of Louisville's CSP program meets or exceeds the standards set by the Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for professional preparation programs.

How long does it take to complete the 42-credit hour M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Personnel?

Students enroll in the CSP program both full- and part-time. Students enrolled full-time (9-12 credit hours per semester) can complete the program in 4-5 semesters (approximately 2 years). For part-time students, completion of the program depends upon the number of credit hours taken per semester. Most part-time students complete the program in approximately 3 years. Because certain courses need to be taken in sequence, a student should meet with her/his faculty advisor early in the program to develop a course of study in order to graduate by a designated semester. Students may choose to complete some courses during the summer term.

What is the difference between the M.Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Personnel and the M.A. in Higher Education offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education (ELFH)?

The master's program in CSP prepares a student for administrative positions in student affairs according to standards embraced by the student affairs profession as set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS Standards). The program focuses on the skills, competencies, knowledge, and experience needed to work effectively with college students, to be an effective educator in the out-of-class curriculum of the college or university, and to competently administer student affairs programs and services. The length and content of the program are determined by the CAS standards; the design of the program and the curriculum is intended to meet appropriate educational objectives and to prepare our graduates to be competitive with graduates from other CAS compliant graduate programs.

The master's program in Higher Education offered through the ELFH department is “intended for those already employed or seeking to be employed in staff or administrative positions in colleges and universities.” There is also an Instruction concentration which is “intended for those employed or preparing for employment in higher education faculty positions, wishing to develop skills in teaching and research on teaching.” The Higher Education program does not focus on the area of student affairs administration and does not follow the CAS standards for master's level preparation in student affairs.

Can I engage in work in the field of student affairs while I'm a student in the program?

Although the master's degree is a criterion for most entry-level jobs in the field of student affairs, there are some institutions that will employ bachelor's level practitioners, especially if they are pursuing a graduate degree in CPS with the College Student Personnel (CSP) concentration. A number of students in the CSP program are enrolled part-time and are working full-time at a college or university in student affairs or related area. Some are in staff positions seeking to move to professional positions, while others have obtained an entry-level professional position and are seeking to obtain the appropriate education in order to be maximally effective in their positions or to be able to advance in the field.

Students in the CSP concentration also work in the field of student affairs through graduate assistantship positions or internship positions as part of their academic coursework.

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

I am currently working and I am not sure how many classes I will be able to take each term. Do I have to be a full-time student?

The M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with the CSP concentration is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students can finish in approximately three years. Students may choose to complete some courses during the summer term.