Department Programs

Master of Science in Counselor Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs

The Master's program in Student Affairs and Higher Education is designed to provide students with studies in Student Affairs that focus on a comprehensive model of leadership in higher education and student development. The blending of theory to practical work experience creates a thriving learning environment where students explore new ideas, bring them to the table, and learn from one another.

The program provides research and practical learning opportunities through practicum and internship experiences as well as through the application of classroom knowledge via theory-to-practice emphasis in their coursework.

Students also benefit from the close collaboration of the program faculty with the Division of Student Affairs and other administrative staff. Students are afforded opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.

As of July 2015, the Student Affairs graduate program began a transition from the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations to the Department of Educational Leadership. During this transition throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, please note that the program will be jointly facilitated by these two departments. For instance, while the Student Affairs master’s degree will continue to be offered as an emphasis of the Counselor Education graduate program the administration for the Student Affairs emphasis will reside in the Department of Educational Leadership. We anticipate that this transition, along with relevant changes to the Student Affairs graduate degree program, will be completed by July 2016. Updates to the program and our website will be made incrementally as appropriate institutional approvals are granted.

Student Affairs Administration

Introduction to the Program and Faculty

The Master of Science (M.S.), with an emphasis in Student Affairs, provides a broad base on which students may build and advance their careers within higher education. Courses in the program address issues for Student Affairs administrators including assessment and college student development. The program can be completed as a full-time student in two academic years (9 credits/academic semester). Full-time students will commence coursework in the fall of the academic year.

Participating faculty in the Student Affairs program include a combination of tenure-track CEP faculty, lecturers, and adjunct faculty. Students will also encounter tenure-track faculty who are scholars in the areas of Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Rehabilitation, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling. Additionally, students will be taught by practitioners in the Student Affairs field, including individuals from the Dean of Students Office, the Honor Code Office, Housing and Residence Life, the Union, Alumni Services, Community Service, and other areas within the field.

Contact Information:

Danielle K. Molina, Ph.D.
Student Affairs Program Coordinator
Allen Hall, 250B
(662) 325-9324
DMolina@colled.msstate.edu