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Master of Science (M.S.)
The 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.
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.
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:
- A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work), combined with a minimum score of 148 on the verbal section and a minimum score of 141 on the quantitative section of the GRE, or
- Unconditional admission to the Graduate School, a minimum score of 148 on the verbal section and a minimum score of 141 on the quantitative section of the GRE, 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:
- A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (or 2.75 on the last 60 hours), and a minimum score of 144 on the verbal section and a minimum score of 140 on the quantitative section of the GRE, or
- A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, or 127
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on at least 6 hours of previous graduate work with no more than one grade of “C” and no grade less than a "C", or
- 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 a regionally 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.
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.
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.
David W. Cox
Professor of Education
- Ed.D., University of Illinois
- M.Ed., University of Florida
- B.S.E, University of Florida
Years of Student Affairs Service: 12
Years of Teaching Experience in Higher Education: 30+
George FoldesyDirector of Center for Excellence in Education
- Ed.D. University of Nebraska—Lincoln
- Ed.S. University of Nebraska—Omaha
- M.S. Chadron State College
- B.S. Chadron State College
Professor of Educational Leadership with a specialty in Higher Education Law
Craig JohnsonAssistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
- Ed.D., Arkansas State University
- M.S., Mankato State University
- B.A., Bethel College
Years of Student Affairs Service: 29
Jason C. PenryVice Chancellor for University Advancement
- Ph.D., Texas A&M University
- M.S., Louisiana State University
- B.A., Louisiana State University – Shreveport
Years of University Advancement Service: 10
Markel QuarlesDirector of Career Management Center
- Ed.D., University of California – Santa Barbara
- M.S., B.S., California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Years of Program Management and Counseling Experience: 14
Years of Teaching Experience: 15
William R. StriplingVice Chancellor of Student Affairs
- 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 WelshDirector of Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Research
- Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
- M.A., The College of William and Mary in Virginia
- B.A., Muhlenberg College
Lonnie R. WilliamsAssociate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
- Ed.D., Ed.S., M.Ed., B.S., University of Arkansas
Years of Student Affairs Service: 36
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I feel that my graduate work at A-State prepared me for every step of my career. The advisors, faculty, and staff encouraged me along the way and made sure I had the education, experience, and resources necessary for a successful career in higher education."
Jake Hayes, Class of 2006
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