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College Student Personnel Services

Master of Science (M.S.)


Description

Students on a ComputerThe online Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services (CSPS) program is ideal for motivated working professionals who are interested in a superior graduate program that is more flexible than traditional programs.

The CSPS program provides professional preparation for entry to mid-level positions in a broad array of student services areas in higher education. Program graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles in such specialty areas as residence life, financial aid, career services, multicultural centers, admissions, orientation programs, student leadership offices, academic advising centers, student center management, recreation, recruiting, judicial affairs, disability services, and alumni programs.

  • Admission Requirements

    To be considered for admission to the M.S. degree program in College Student Personnel Services, applicants must hold an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, present evidence of personal qualities consistent with those required for effective practice in student affairs, and present evidence of the academic abilities needed to complete graduate level work successfully. The indicated grade point averages and standardized test scores reflect minimum criteria for consideration of an applicant. Because a variety of factors are considered in admitting students, simply meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance. 

    The appraisal/recommendation letters and the written statement of the applicant will provide the primary information used by admission committee members in forming their judgments of the applicant’s personal qualifications. All applicants admitted to the program are required to meet the same high standard in regard to these qualities. The burden of providing affirmative evidence of these qualities rests with the applicant.

    Previous academic work and GRE scores will provide the primary information used by admissions committee members in forming their judgment of an applicant’s academic ability.  Other indicators, such as the quality of the written statement provided by the applicant, may also be used. Based upon past academic performance and GRE scores, applicants who are admitted can be admitted on either an unconditional or a conditional basis.

    Applicants will be required to meet admissions criteria established by the Graduate School for Unconditional or Conditional status in order to enroll in graduate courses. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School does not necessarily ensure acceptance into a particular graduate degree program. Individual departments may establish requirements for individual degree programs above and beyond the standards for admission to the Graduate School. (See departmental sections of this Bulletin or online at http://www.astate.edu/college/graduate-school/degrees-offered/ for specific program admission requirements.) A degree-seeking student admitted to one program who decides to change to another program must meet the admission requirements of the new program.

    The online CSPS program is only available to U.S. Citizens as mandated by Homeland Security.

    Unconditional Admission Status

    Applicants who are admitted will be placed in the unconditional admission status if they meet one of the following:

    1. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75, or 3.00 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.
    2. Unconditional admission to the Graduate School and a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.25 on 12 or more hours with no grade less than a “B”.

    Conditional Admission Status

    Applicants who are admitted will be placed in the conditional admission status if they meet one of the following:

    1. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.50, or 2.75 on the last 60 hours.
    2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on at least 6hours of previous graduate work with no more than one grade of “C” and no grade less than “C”.
    3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.70, continuous employment, full or part-time, for at least the previous 12 months in a student affairs position at an accredited institution of higher education, and submission of a letter from the Chief Student Affairs Officer of the employing institution attesting that the applicant has shown considerable promise for college student personnel work.

    Inquiries about the CSPS program, and submission of CSPS application materials defined above, should be directed electronically to bsilverthorn@astate.edu, or to the academic advisor, leswyatt@astate.edu,  Subject: CSPS Admissions.

  • Coursework Overview

    Core Course Requirements (27 hours)

    • CSPS 6333, Student Personnel Services in Higher Education
    • CSPS 6343, College Student Development
    • ELAD 6333, Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel Services
    • CSPS 6383, Practicum in College Student Personnel Services
    • ELAD 6003, Legal Aspects of Higher Ed
    • ELAD 6053, Finance in Higher Education
    • CSPS 6373, Multicultural Dynamics in Higher Education
    • CSPS 6393, Assessment, Accreditation and Accountability in Higher Education
    • ELFN 6773, Introduction to Statistics and Research

    Electives (Choose three courses-9 hours)

    • CSPS 6363, Development and Advancement in Higher Ed
    • ELAD 6103, Ethical Leadership
    • ELFN 6763, Philosophies of Education
    • CCED 7003, The Community College
    • ELAD 6323, Organization and Governance of Higher Education
    Minimum hours required for this program: 36


    Information on Academic Credit

    Credit will not be given for any course completed more than six years prior to completion of the degree. Students with dated courses may be required to repeat these courses or engage in other relevant experiences whether or not they have been used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

    Consistent with the Graduate School residence requirement, students may transfer no more than nine (9) hours of course credit toward the M.S. in College Student Personnel Services. Without prior approval in writing from the program coordinator, the practicum must be completed through enrollment at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. Such approval will be granted only when the program coordinator can verify that the quality of experience is comparable to that at Arkansas State University and that the student will be unable to complete his or her degree without the waiver. The burden of proof in providing these assurances rests with the student.

    Course Descriptions

    CCED 7003 The Community College A study of the history, philosophy, nature, and functions of the community college movement.

    CSPS 6333 Student Personnel Services in Higher Education An overview of higher education with emphasis on student personnel service components.

    CSPS 6343 College Student Development A study of contemporary theory and research related to student development with emphasis on applications to college student personnel services.

    ELAD 6333 Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel Services A study of the organization and administration of college student affairs programs and services. Organizational and management principles and practices used within college student affairs settings are discussed.

    ELAD 6273 Legal Aspects of Higher Education A study of the legal aspects of education for the purpose of familiarizing college and university personnel with the legal features of higher education organization and administration. The course will consider constitutional and statutory provisions, but the major emphasis will be directly to the study of court decisions relating to American post-secondary education.

    ELAD 6313 Higher Education Finance An examination of the economic principles and fundamental operational financial procedures which affect the American colleges and universities.

    CSPS 6373 Multicultural Dynamics in Higher Education This course will help professionals effectively support students from increasingly diverse backgrounds. With changes occurring in the world’s population demographics, the need for culturally competent professionals is crucial. We will explore cognitive, affective, and behavioral considerations in supporting culturally diverse students. Restricted to Masters in College Student Personnel Services.

    CSPS 6363 Development and Advancement in Higher Ed This course is intended to provide a theoretical framework. Restricted to Masters in College Student Personnel Services.

    CSPS 6393 Assessment, Accreditation, and Accountability in Higher Education Students examine and evaluate current polices in accreditation, performance-based funding, and federal compliance and analyze best practices in assessment of student learning in higher education. Students design curricular and co-curricular assessments at the course, program, and university levels. Restricted to Masters in College Student Personnel Services.

    ELFN 6773 Introduction to Statistics and Research An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.

    ELFN 6763 Philosophies of Education Presuppositions of various philosophies with emphasis on the implications of these presuppositions on educational theory and practice.

    CSPS 6383 Practicum in College Student Personnel Services Supervised practice (minimum of 100 clock hours) in a broad array of services typical of student affairs. Requires at least 40 hours of direct service with clients, including individual counseling and a minimum 10 hours of group work; at least one hour per week of individual supervision with a program faculty member or designee; and at least one and one-half hours per week of group supervision with a program faculty member. Prerequisites: CSPS 6333, CSPS 6343, and permission of degree program director. CSPS 6333 must be taken before or concurrently with CSPS 6383.

  • Faculty

    The CSPS faculty is a diverse group of practitioners and scholars with extensive theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in higher education, student affairs, and administration. Students will have the opportunity to expand their understanding of campus life through exposure to graduate-level faculty from numerous disciplines, an important aspect not often found in student personnel programs. CSPS faculty is intently committed to educating and mentoring developing graduate students preparing for careers as student affairs professionals.


    Dr. Les Wyatt

     

    Dr. Leslie Wyatt

    President Emeritus and Tenured Professor of Art and Higher Education
    CSPS Program Advisor

    leswyatt@astate.edu

    Dave McKinney

     

    Dr. Dave McKinney

    Director of Parking Services
    dmckinney@astate.edu

    Education
    • Ed. D., Arkansas State University
    • Ed.S., S.C.C.T., Arkansas State University
    • M.A., Arkansas State University
    • M.A., Luther Rice University
    • B.S., Arkansas State University
    • CAPP, International Parking Institute and University of Virginia

    Craig Johnson

     

    Craig Johnson

    Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
    crjohnso@astate.edu

    Education
    • Ed.D., Arkansas State University
    • M.S., Mankato State University
    • B.A., Bethel College

    Years of Student Affairs Service: 29


    Jason C. Penry

     

    Jason C. Penry

    Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
    jpenry@astate.edu

    Education
    • Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    • M.S., Louisiana State University
    • B.A., Louisiana State University – Shreveport

    Years of University Advancement Service: 10


    William R. Stripling

     

    William R. Stripling

    Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
    ricks@astate.edu

    Education
    • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
    • Ed.S., M.R.C., Arkansas State University
    • B.A., University of Tampa

    Years of Student Affairs Service: 33


    Josie Welch

     

    Josie Welsh

    Director of Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
    Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Research
    jwelsh@astate.edu

    Education
    • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
    • M.A., The College of William and Mary in Virginia
    • B.A., Muhlenberg College


    Lonnie R. Williams

     

    Lonnie R. Williams

    Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
    lonniew@astate.edu

    Education
    • Ed.D., Ed.S., M.Ed., B.S., University of Arkansas

    Years of Student Affairs Service: 36

  • Practicum Opportunities

    The practicum is a supervised work experience in a student services' office, department, or related area in a higher education setting. Many practicum options are available at Arkansas State University and at other colleges and universities within the region and nationally. The practicum is a required core course. It is the student's responsibility to identify a practicum site and receive site approval from the instructor. Some examples of practica opportunities on the Arkansas State University campus include:

    For more information on practicum opportunities, contact Beth Silverthorn, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs at 870.972.3118 or bsilverthorn@astate.edu.