The Graduate Certificate in College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) prepares students for many professions related to student affairs in college, university, and community settings.
Students learn about the ever-changing student clientele, its subgroups and cultures. Along with student development theories, student characteristics, attitudes, values and broad issues regarding their participation in the educational experience are explored. Students also stay abreast of current issues and trends in higher education and gain a broad-based understanding of the law related to higher education.
Specific student affairs areas explored include personnel practices, supervision, budget, finance, program development, short/long range planning, and internal and external governing bodies.
The Graduate Certificate in CSPA is offered residentially and consists of five courses. Students who decide to continue their studies may apply these credit hours toward the M.S. in College Students Affairs (if accepted into the program).