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.


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).

Derrick Picard

The CSP Program here at UofL has been an absolutely amazing one so far! The faculty are invested in our success and are experts in their field. The cohort is absolutely wonderful and has been critical to making me feel connected to the Louisville campus and community.

Derrick Picard, College Student Personnel Student
Ashleigh Hazley

My experiences in the College Student Personnel Program has been quite amazing. I am genuinely excited to go to class everyday and enjoying interacting with my professors. The program is very reflective, so I often get opportunities to not only identify my growth and development, but to also generate stimulating conversations with my faculty and peers about my growth and development. With the network that participation in this program offers and knowledge about my profession that I have gain, I feel confident that in May 2016, I will be a force to reckon with in the realm of Student Affairs.

Ashleigh Hazley, College Student Personnel Student
Hannah Steen

The CSP program has pushed me to experience higher education in a different and exciting way. Because of my education, I feel confident in assisting college students and developing them into well-rounded citizens and leaders of the future.

Hannah Steen, 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 @

  • 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.
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  • Prospective students must submit a professional goal statement [PDF] appropriate to their stated area of concentration for admission to the degree program. Please submit the cover sheet (see link) along with your goal statement.
  • 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 @

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 email or call Education Advising and Student Services at 502-852-5597.


Betty Hampton
Education Advising and Student Services
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Program Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Amy S. Hirschy, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Assistant Professor

Interests: college student persistence and retention theories; student success in and outside the classroom; socialization to the student affairs profession; normative structures in student affairs

A faculty search is planned for 2015-16 for an appointment that begins fall 2016.

Adjunct Faculty

Geoff Bailey, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Executive Director, REACH
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Interests: Learning centers, persistence and retention, assessment, self-efficacy

Kathy Pendleton, Ph.D., University of Louisville
Director of Student Advocacy
Interests: Adult students with children, first generation college students, retention

Gale S. Rhodes, Ed.D., University of Louisville

Associate Provost and Executive Director
Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning
gale.rhodes @
Interests: Women's issues and work, diversity, teaching and learning, retention

Angela B. Taylor, Ph.D., University of Louisville
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Angela.taylor @
Interests: Second year students, first generation college students, women’s issues, new professionals in student affairs

Retired Faculty

Michael J. Cuyjet, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
Professor Emeritus
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Interests: Multiculturalism and cultural diversity issues, African American male student retention & persistence, international student services

Bridgette O. Pregliasco, Ed.D., University of Louisville
Assistant Professor
Interests: Student affairs/academic affairs collaboration, student affairs administration, assessment, professional ethics

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.


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,, or

What types of credentialing are 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, Evaluation and Organizational Development?

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.