Student Affairs, M.S.Ed.

The UNK Student Affairs Master of Science in Education Degree program prepares students for a variety of functions and roles at universities and colleges to provide programs, experiences and services that cultivate the most enriching college for student growth, learning, and success. The program emphasizes student development and counseling approaches to support students at every point in their college experience, from pre-enrollment through graduation and on to job placement.

Program Strengths

TRAINING & EXPERTISE

Faculty with experience in higher education and expertise to advance student development of:

  • Interpersonal skills. Students learn to listen professionally, build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents and become systems advocates. The counseling emphasis brings a unique skill set for encouraging student involvement, addressing student concerns and making appropriate referrals.
  • Organizational skills. Students learn to prioritize tasks, manage records, and coordinate the activities with their staff.
  • Problem-solving skills. Students learn to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.
STUDENT SUCCESS
  • Students engage in professional organizations such as:
    • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) (IV-West Region)
    • Association of Fraternity Advisors, Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I)
    • The Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education
  • Recent graduates are employed throughout the United States and around the world.
  • Graduates are prepared to enter doctoral studies.

Graduation Plan

PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY
  • The 36 credit hour program is 100% online making it accessible for students who are employed full time.
  • As an online program, students join in a dynamic virtual learning environment from around the country increasing diverse perspectives and approaches to current challenges facing higher education.
  • Fieldwork to prepare graduates for successful career placement and immediate career application of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
GRADUATION PLAN

The majority of students start their program in the fall, however students can start in the summer and spring as well. Below is general program of study for a student who is taking two courses per semester and wanting to graduate in 2 years.

*Subject to change based on program needs and student enrollment

FALL FIRST YEAR

CSP 864

Student Affairs Organization & Practice

3 cred.

Fall

CSP 860

Theories of Counseling

3

Fall

SPRING FIRST YEAR

CSP 868

Student Development Theory

3

Spring

CSP 855

Techniques of Counseling

3

Spring

SUMMER FIRST YEAR

CSP 802

Research Methods in Psychology and Education

3

Summer

CSP 856

Multicultural Counseling

3

Summer

FALL SECOND YEAR

CSP 865

Group Counseling

3

Fall

CSP 870

Marriage & Family Counseling

3

Fall

SPRING SECOND YEAR

CSP   869P         Foundations of Student Affairs

3

Spring

CSP   885           Practicum

3

Spring

FINAL REQUIREMENTS - FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

CSP 895

Internship (target 300 hours, 3 credits)

1, 2, 3

available all semesters

CSP 875

Career & Lifestyle Development

3

Fall or Spring

Career Outlook

  • Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $90,760 in May 2016.

The UNK Student Affairs Master of Science in Education Degree program prepares students for a variety of functions and roles at universities and colleges including:

  • advising and career development
  • housing and residence life
  • student unions, student activities and leadership
  • international education
  • new student orientation and enrollment management
  • racial and ethnic minority support services
  • student learning outcome and program assessment

A successful career in student affairs can eventually lead to administrative and executive poistions (e.g. director of admissions, dean or vice president of student affairs, etc.).

Student Resources

Counselor Education Student Handbook

ACA Code of Ethics

Counselor Education Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Affairs Program Questions