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Master's in College Student Personnel

OCPA 2019
Program Code: ME6275

The graduate degree program in College Student Personnel (CSP) is a nationally respected, full-time, cohort-based program, taking two academic years to complete. Individuals from across the country come to Ohio University to study in the Masters in College Student Personnel program. Approximately 20-25 students enroll each year in this cohort-based program. Over the past forty years, our graduates have attained significant leadership positions in colleges, universities, and professional associations.

The Master's in College Student Personnel curriculum integrates theory and practice, blending courses in student development theory, student affairs administration, counseling, and higher education with hands-on experience in student affairs offices at Ohio University or at neighboring institutions. The program requires the equivalent of two years of full-time study and follows national standards for professional education, while also personalizing study in order to meet individual needs.

All students in the CSP program hold a graduate assistantship in Student Affairs or other divisions of Ohio University. Visit the Student Affairs website to see a description of available graduate assistantships. Admission to the program and the GA assignment are independent decisions.

Program Applications are due January 1, 2022
Graduate Assistantship Applications are due January 11, 2022
*Virtual* Interview Weekend is February 24-26, 2022

*Please note that the Program application and Graduate Assistant application are two separate processes



The curriculum in the Ohio University College Student Personnel program has been developed to meet the standards and guidelines of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. The standards for Master's Level Student Affairs Administration preparation programs have been used to guide a curriculum that also incorporates elements unique to the Ohio University CSP program. Additionally, the faculty have designed the curriculum to align with the ACPA/NASPA Student Affairs Competencies.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will comprehend realistically the different aspects of the student affairs profession.
  2. Students will analyze fundamental student affairs competency areas, including the structure and function of higher education, student development theories, diversity, and organization/administration, and assessment/evaluation.
  3. Students will apply leadership skills, interpersonal/helping skills, and scholarship skills to be student affairs professionals.
  4. Students will integrate their developing professional networks, their mentorship experiences, their assistantship/practicum experiences, and their academic experiences into their own unique career development


For over 40 years, our Master's Degree students have embraced the mission of learning how to enrich the student experience. The program offers knowledge and skills in a distinctive community setting, a learning-living laboratory for studying and enhancing the undergraduate experience. The core values that guide the mission are:

  • "Community" as a mutually empowering learning environment
  • "Diversity" as more than the tolerance of difference but a commitment to equity, justice, and affirmation
  • "Individuality" as an expression of personal human growth and dignity
  • "Holism" as the synergy that must take place between the ideas and activities, the heads and hearts of our learners
  • "Service" as an unwavering devotion to the development of human potential
  • ­"Learning" as the primary reason for the existence of institutions of higher education

The program attempts to fulfill its mission by:

  • Providing a core of theory, skills, values, and attitudes to help our graduates enrich the student experience
  • Developing understandings about higher education, student affairs functions, college student development, and educational research
  • Assisting students in developing their professional competencies through field experiences that are sequenced appropriately with theory-oriented courses


Enriching the student experience ­is the theme of our Master's Degree Program in College Student Personnel (CSP). The program offers knowledge and skills that help our graduates enrich student learning. Distinctive elements of our CSP program include the opportunity to have two unique practicum experiences in addition to the graduate assistantship and "specialized courses in College Student Affairs". 

The program prepares promising entry-level professionals for direct service positions in various higher education settings by helping current professionals attain the necessary skills to assume leadership positions. Most of our students attend full-time, gaining professional experience through graduate assistantships. Full-time students with assistantships usually take two years to complete the program.


Fall, Year 1 Spring, Year 1 Fall, Year 2 Spring, Year 2
Research Methods Campus Environments Capstone Project Leadership and Change Management
College Student Development Diversity in Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation Legal Issues in Higher Education
Helping Skills Student Affairs Organization and Administration Theory to Practice Seminar 1 Theory to Practice Seminar 2
Higher Education in the U.S. Elective/Practicum Elective/Practicum Elective/Practicum


The Ohio University College Student Personnel Program has a strong, collaborative relationship with the Division of Student Affairs, University College, and Diversity and Inclusion. CSP students are involved as graduate assistants, interns, and practicum students, serving on committees and participating in professional development programs. University partners participate in the professional development and educational preparation of CSP Master's Degree students. Student affairs administrators are also frequently asked to share their expertise as guest speakers in CSP core courses. Ohio University is fortunate to have a strong and well respected Division of Student Affairs whose professionals are committed to partnership in the development of future Student Affairs professionals.


The admissions process to Ohio University's College Student Personnel program requires acceptance to the academic program and a graduate assistantship offer.


The application process for master’s degree study in College Student Personnel requires the following by January 1st for first consideration:

  1. No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required.
  2. Review the CSP graduate assistantship informational packet: CSP GA Info Packet [PDF]
  3. Completed Online Graduate Admissions Application and an application fee of $50
  4. Submit: 
    • Transcripts of undergraduate institutions attended.
    • Autobiographical Sketch/Personal Statement (2-3 pages, double-spaced) The autobiographical sketch provides a sample of your writing. It should tell us about you as an applicant and address important factors in your life journey that have shaped your interest in CSP and brought you to apply to this program.
    • Three letters of recommendation (the requests for your letters of recommendation will be available when you submit your application)
    • A current résumé.
  5. After reviewing your admissions materials, each student will have a personal interview with a faculty member. These interviews will be conducted in early January 2022. 
  6. Students will be notified about the status of their academic applications by January 25. At this time, students will be extended offers to participate in *virtual* Interview Weekend.


The application process for master’s degree study in College Student Personnel requires the following by January 11 for first consideration:

  1. Review the list of available graduate assistantships: which will become available in October 2021. Last year's list is available here: CSP GA Info Packet [PDF].
  2. Apply to up to seven (7) available graduate assistantships. The faculty strongly encourage students to apply to at least five positions. 
  3. Students will be notified about the status of their graduate assistantship applications by January 25th. At this time, students will be extended offers to interview for the position. 
  4. Participate in Interview Weekend Days. 
  5. Initial offers for Graduate Assistantship positions will be extended within one week of the interview weekend.

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