College Student Personnel Administration, M.Ed.
The College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program is designed for those students interested in higher education administration, particularly in the various student affairs and student services areas. Program participants will prepare for careers involving organizational management, student development, leadership training, and administration. Guided by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), the curriculum includes selected foundational studies; student development theory; student characteristics and effects of college on students; individual, group, and organizational interventions; organization and administration; and assessment, evaluation, and research. The program also includes substantial supervised internship opportunities. The master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration is a 36 hour program designed to be completed in two years. The program includes a professional core of 27 hours plus 9 hours of appropriate electives. Three hours of internship experience is included in the professional core. Internships are available in a wide variety of student affairs and student service areas. A quality academic program is enhanced by the opportunity for pre-professional work experience. A number of students in the program will have the opportunity for significant and meaningful work responsibilities that will translate directly into powerful résumés. Various student service areas of The University of West Florida offer several compensated assistantships including: the Dean of Students office, residence life facilities and programs, student union operations and management, student activities and campus programming, Greek affairs, recreation facilities and program, orientation and other student transition programs, student development services, academic advising, and career services.