Student Affairs, M.S.Ed.

Welcome to the Counselor Education Program at UNK! We are excited that you are interested in learning more about the Online Masters of Science Degree in Student Affairs. Together with the information below, our Frequently Asked Questions provide you with comprehensive information regarding our program. However, as always please, please feel free to call us with your questions 308-865-8508.

The program is designed to prepare practitioners for positions at community colleges, public and private colleges, and universities. Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Recognize historical and current significant events, issues, and challenges that influence higher education and student affairs.
  • Understand the role and function of student affairs.
  • Know the major professional associations in Student Affairs.
  • Practice legal and ethical decision making in all aspects of student affairs.
  • Understand legal and ethical practice in higher education and student affairs.
  • Conceptualize, administer, and evaluate a student affairs program.
  • Know major student development theories.
  • Foster multicultural competence and the value of diversity essential to academic freedom, college populations and higher education environments.
  • Assess the needs of college students.

Department Strengths

  • Our Students - we attract outstanding graduate students.
  • Our Faculty:
    • Licensed and certified faculty with clinical experience in mental health agencies, private practice, in-patient, and out-patient mental health programs, schools, and college student affairs.
    • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty members offer a wide range of interests and expertise.
    • Commitment to professional and personal development of students.
    • Foster and mentor student involvement in professional associations, membership, leadership, presentations, and publications.
  • 100% Online program accommodates students who are employed full-time.
  • Successful history of career placement of interns and graduates.
  • Active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honorary society.

Assistantships in Student Affairs for On Campus Students

Assistantships provide practical experience by employment in an office in the Student Life Division. Several of these experiences provide full out-of state tuition waiver and a monthly stipend, while others also include a meal plan and/or on-campus housing. Assistantships may be available in the following departments:

  • Counseling & School Psychology
  • Dean of Student Affairs Office
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of Service-Learning
  • Peer Health Education
  • Residential & Greek Life
  • Student Support Services

Student Resources