The Master of Science in College Student Personnel is a two-year, practitioner-oriented program, philosophically based in college student development and university administration. It is designed to prepare thoughtful, compassionate, first-line student and university service administrators armed with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to begin or enhance a career in the variety of settings in which such services are needed. The goals of the College Student Personnel (CSP) program include:
Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in College Student Personnel if they meet the following requirements:
In addition, applicants must submit admission materials no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester as a priority admission date. Applicants submitting after the priority deadline will be considered if space is still available in CSP graduate classes.
Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements for admission have the opportunity for conditional admission if applicant meets the minimum graduate admission standards and upon a successful appeal to the program director. Students admitted under a conditional status must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on the first twelve (12) graduate hours in the program. Note - the GRE and/or MAT scores are no longer being required for conditional admission.
The director of the program will assign a faculty advisor to each student admitted to the degree program. The advisor will assist the student in the design of a curriculum of study that leads to the fulfillment of degree requirements. Subsequently, the academic advisor, the Department Graduate Committee, and the Graduate College will monitor the student's progress as they progress through the program. It remains, however, the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements.
Students are eligible for admission to candidacy for the degree upon the completion of twelve (12) hours with a 3.00 grade point average or better and completion of all deficiencies. Students who do not submit an "Application for Admission to Candidacy" prior to the end of the semester in which the student becomes eligible will not be allowed to register for subsequent graduate classes.
CSP 6023 Introduction to College Student Personnel Work
CSP 6033 Theory and Practice in College Student Personnel
CSP 6043 American College Student
CSP 6053 Legal Issues for Professionals in College Student Personnel
CSP 6073 Counseling with College Students
CSP 6113 Research Design and Analysis
CSP 6123 Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
CSP 6143 Administration in College Student Personnel
CSP 6013 American Higher Education in Transition
CSP 6093 Practicum 2 in College Student Personnel
CSP 6133 Ethical Leadership in Higher Education
CSP 6153 Advising Student Groups
CSP 6163 Academic Advising
CSP 6191-6 Thesis in College Student Personnel
CSP 6881-3 Special Problem (Workshop) in College Student Personnel
A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Dean of Graduate College. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Dean of Graduate College. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.
If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Dean of Graduate College.