College Counseling and Student Development (M.S.)

College Counseling and Student Development (M.S.)

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The College Counseling and Student Development program will prepare you for work in a two-year or four-year college or university setting and develop a set of skills essential for a student services professional in higher education. You will learn the concepts and standards of the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, which are woven into the program so that you can integrate helping skills, student development theory, current research findings and practical application. Faculty and staff have broad educational and experiential backgrounds and will help you gain an understanding of working as a student services professional. 

Program Highlights

  • Program combines courses in helping skills and student development theory with extensive experiential opportunities.
  • Real-world experience working with students built into the curriculum.
  • Strong focus on working with diverse student populations.
  • Small classes and a cohort model support close relationships between students and faculty.
  • Program designed for both part-time and full-time students.
  • High percentage of students are offered graduate assistant positions in student and academic support offices across campus. 

Program Distinctions

  • Curriculum aligns with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education guidelines for master’s level student affairs preparation programs.
  • Opportunities for short-term and semester long study abroad experiences in South Africa and Malaysia.
  • Graduates now working in a variety of higher education settings both within Minnesota and nationally. 

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Dec. 1 (Priority) Aug. 1 (Space Available) Dec. 1 (Priority) May 15 (Space Available) Dec. 1 (Priority) Aug. 1 (Space Available)
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Aeriel A. Ashlee

Popular Careers

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Services
  • Education Abroad
  • International Student Services
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Residential Life
  • Student Leadership & Involvement

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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