The M.S. in College Student Affairs is designed to prepare students for the expanded roles and responsibilities of student affairs professionals in today's diverse college and university educational environments. Students will learn and experience the practical application of the knowledge base and skillsets of student affairs administration. The program is designed for students who are interested in a career in student affairs, and for those currently working in student affairs who seek to advance their own personal knowledge and professional credentials. The M.S. program consists of a 12 course (36 credits) sequence that places emphasis on Student Affairs in Higher Education.
The M.S. program is offered residentially. Students may enroll full or part-time, taking six to nine credit hours per term. Students who enroll in 3 courses per term can expect to complete the program in five terms. Part-time students can expect to complete the program in three years. Summer attendance is mandatory.
The Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice accepts applications to the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs from any person who possesses or is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must complete all bachelor's degree requirements before beginning graduate studies.
Criteria for acceptance into the M.S. and Graduate Certificate programs in College Student Affairs include high-level undergraduate academic performance and/or relevant current working experience; a life passion or practical interest in using skills and theories in specific settings after graduation; the ability to think clearly in challenging interactions; tolerant, nonjudgmental attitudes and open-mindedness toward different types of people; and the ability to combine assessment skills with compassion and fairness.
Please note that NSU reserves the right to rescind or place conditions upon admissions offers should information become available that calls into question an admitted student’s academic performance or character, including that which reflects a violation of NSU’s Code of Student Conduct.
Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. Up to nine graduate credits may be transferred into this program. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.S. in College Student Affairs program.
Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score = 550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.
Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by emailing International Students or visiting the International Students webpage.
To ensure that your application is complete, please use the checklist below and follow the detailed instructions provided for each item. All documents that are submitted to the University will need to include your name on each page. NSU recommends that you start the application process at least 1-2 months prior to the deadline date. Note: Documents should be submitted in Word (.docx, .doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) formats only.
The deadline indicates the date by which the university must receive ALL application materials.
August 12 (Late applications are reviewed based on space availability)
Fall Semester - August start
After the Office of Graduate Admissions has received the completed application for admission (with supplemental documents), the admissions file is submitted to a faculty committee for review. Depending on the time of year and the intended semester, the faculty review process may take five to ten business days. However, the process will be longer if the faculty committee requires additional information for review and/or an admissions interview.1
At any time during the review process, applicants may check their status online via the application portal. Once a decision has been made, notification is sent via email to the address on file.
Resident alien students are required to submit a copy of their Resident Alien card. International Students who reside outside the United States at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the Internet-based test. For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit International Students. Test scores must be submitted to the admissions office. For a TOEFL application information, visit the website at TOEFL or write to
Educational Testing Services
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below or visit NACES.
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, New York
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by email International Students or visit the International Students webpage.
1All newly submitted admission documents are sent to a centralized university processing center. Depending on the time of year, additional days may be added to the overall processing time.
|COURSE NUMBER||COURSE TITLE AND DESCRIPTION||CREDITS|
|CSPA 5001||The 21st Century College Student||3|
|CSPA 5002||Current Issues & Trends in Higher Education||3|
|CSPA 5003||The College Student & the Law||3|
|CSPA 5004||Administration of College Student Personnel||3|
|CSPA 5006||Student and Adult Development in College||3|
|CSPA 5007||Research Design & Assessment in Student Affairs||3|
|CSPA 5040||Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: The Human Factor||3|
|CSPA 5100||Mediation Theory & Practice||3|
|CSPA 6140||Facilitation Theory & Practice||3|
|CSPA 6130||Practicum: Supervised Field Experience I||3|
|CSPA 6160||Practicum: Supervised Field Experience II||3|
|CSPA 6350||Capstone in Student Affairs||3|
Following is a sample degree plan for full-time students who begin their studies in Fall term. Degree plans will be developed during a student's first term and modified based on student enrollment date and pace of study.
Degree Plan: 36 credit hours
|Fall (September)||CSPA 5001 - The 21st Century College Student||CSPA 5004 - Administration in College Student Affairs Work||CSPA 5040 - Human Factors|
|Winter (January)||CSPA 5002 - Current Issues and Trends in Higher Education||CSPA 5006 - Student and Adult Development in College||CSPA 6140 - Facilitation Theory and Practice|
|Summer (April)||CSPA 5003 - The College Student and the Law||CSPA 6130 - Practicum I|
|Fall (September)||CSPA 6160 - Practicum II||CSPA 5007 - Research Design & Assessment in Student Affairs|
|Winter (January)||CSPA 5100 - Mediation Theory & Practice||CSPA 6350 - Capstone in Student Affairs|
To complete the M.S. in College Student Affairs, students must complete a total of 130 hours of practicum. Students are responsible for documenting practicum hours, and must have these hours verified and signed by an on-site supervisor. The practicum experience is designed to provide students with an experiential opportunity to utilize student affairs theory and practice within a diversity of professional settings. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts within a practical framework.
Students complete two practicums during their course of study. Practicum I offers students the opportunity to explore a breadth of student affairs functions and gain exposure, knowledge and experience in the variety of programs and services that make up a college/university division of student affairs: residential life, housing, career services, student union, student activities, leadership development, recreation and wellness, volunteer services, special events, judicial programs and the office of the dean of students.
Practicum II will offer students the opportunity to gain in-depth exposure, knowledge and experience in a selected area of specialization in student affairs that supports their professional goals and prepares them to work in a professional student affairs position. Practicum II has a specific focus on career development in the College Student Affairs profession. Practicum experiences may take place at Nova Southeastern University or another college or university.
Some practicum sites require a background check before the practicum placement can begin. Generally, the background check is at the student's expense and should be done as soon as possible before the practicum term.
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