College Student Development (MA)

Master of Arts in College Student Development

Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
Reich College of Education

www.ced.appstate.edu/departments/hpc

Leroy Baruth, Chair and Professor
baruthlg@appstate.edu

Catherine Clark, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
clarkcr@appstate.edu

The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers the Master of Arts in College Student Development (Major Code: 496*/13.1102), with concentrations in:

  • College Outdoor Program Administration (496D)
  • Student Affairs Practice (496C)

In addition, the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, the Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling, and Graduate Certificates in Addiction Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy. These programs are detailed under separate headings in this bulletin. A student proposing to major in any of the degree programs or to seek licensure through the Department must be fully admitted as degree seeking.

All courses are taught from a multicultural perspective, which emphasizes the differing experiences, cultures, histories, and perspectives of people from a variety of ethnic, gender, racial, and social class backgrounds.

The department also provides group methods, human relations, and other human development courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the Reich College of Education and the University. These courses are valuable for majors in other departments. The department offers a variety of summer institutes to enhance the learning of both graduate students and practitioners seeking continuing education opportunities in human service fields.

The College Student Development program is designed to prepare student development specialists to work in a variety of areas (residence life, career development, student activities, leadership, academic advising, etc.) within colleges and universities.

Students majoring in College Student Development will take the courses listed in this section. Students must select one of the following concentrations: College Outdoor Program Administration (496D) or Student Affairs Practice (496C). In addition to the core and the required concentration courses, students will select, in cooperation with and approved by the student's advisor and program committee, from a variety of elective courses which will help meet their individual career objectives. Each student should see her/his advisor prior to registering. All electives must be approved by each student's program committee.

Accreditation: The program in College Student Development (Student Affairs Practice concentration) is designed to meet the curriculum guidelines of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

Master of Arts Program Requirements/Options: The basic requirements for the program are listed below. In addition to the curriculum listed under each program, the following items apply:

  • A first master's degree in College Student Development requires completion of 48 semester hours of approved courses.
  • A second master's degree requires meeting all program course requirements with a minimum of 36 semester hours.
  • On an individual basis, students may be required to receive professional counseling to aid them in their personal growth.
  • The Handbook of Policies and Procedures available in the HPC office provides information on liability insurance, academic appeals, retention policy, personal endorsement policy, admissions policies, and placement services.
  • Permission forms to take practica and internships are available in the HPC office and must be completed prior to registration.
  • Applicants for programs in College Student Development are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have an interview, which can be conducted by telephone if the applicant cannot visit campus.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire; an interview.

Student Development Assistantships: Applicants should complete the division of student development's assistantship application: http://assistantships.appstate.edu.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in College Student Development
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 48
 
Required Courses

Prerequisites: Students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites listed in each course description; the curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that students have the necessary prerequisite knowledge before enrolling courses.

  • HPC 5190: Helping Skills in Student Affairs Practice (3)
  • HPC 5340: Research in College Student Development and Student Affairs Practice (3)
  • HPC 5380: College Students and Their Environments (3)
  • HPC 5410: Introduction to Student Affairs (3)
  • HPC 5751: Ethics and Law in Professional Practice (3)
  • HPC 5790: Group Methods and Processes (3)
  • HPC 5820: College Student Development Theories I (3)
  • HPC 5821: College Student Development Theories II (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Each student must select one of the following concentrations. Additional courses may be required by the student's program committee as part of, or in addition to, the listed requirements and electives. The required internship (HPC 6900) will be designed to meet objectives within the chosen concentration. Prerequisites for the internship are the designated courses listed under each concentration and approval of the departmental chair. Practicum/Internship request forms are available in the HPC office and must be completed and approved prior to registration.

College Outdoor Program Administration Concentration (Code: 496D)

  • HPC 5440: Student Affairs and the Great Outdoors (3)
  • HPC 6330: Assessment and Program Evaluation in Student Affairs (3)
  • HPC 6410: Student Development Administration (3)
  • HPC 6900: Internship in College Student Development (6)
  • 9 s.h. of graduate electives

Students with no previous outdoor programs experience must take HPC 5900, Practicum in College Student Development, or HPC 5460, Professional Practice in College Student Development, as one of their electives. Students may take other approved graduate level courses from a wide range of courses in this or other departments as electives provided that they have taken any necessary prerequisite and the course is consistent with the student's interests and career goals and approved by their advisor.

Students will be required to complete the following before graduation: Wilderness First Responder.

OR
Student Affairs Practice Concentration (Code: 496C)

  • HPC 6330: Assessment and Program Evaluation in Student Affairs (3)
  • HPC 6410: Student Development Administration (3)
  • HPC 6900: Internship in College Student Development (6)
  • 12 s.h. of graduate electives

Students with no previous student affairs experience must take HPC 5900, Practicum in College Student Development, as a guided elective. Students may take other approved graduate level courses from a wide range of courses in this or other departments as electives provided that they have taken any necessary prerequisite and the course is consistent with the student's interests and career goals and approved by their advisor.

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Other Requirements for the MA in College Student Development:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Portfolio of Learning Required; students must take the required courses for the degree (excluding internship) and submit a final portfolio certifying completion of all point totals for the Portfolio, prior to presenting a final defense to the Faculty and Student Affairs professional.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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