Bowling Green State University - Master of Arts

Education and Human Development

Higher Education and Student Affairs

College Student Personnel

  • M.A.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Student Learning & Development


Mr. Matthew Angerson
310 Education Building
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Program Statement

The College Student Personnel Program is committed to the preparation of practitioners for positions in student affairs administration at the post-secondary level. The requirements of the 42-semester-hour degree program include a balance of classroom-based academic learning and field-based experiential learning. Students will be challenged by professional responsibilities in their internship and they will be exposed to several theoretical frameworks that provide a foundation for understanding many facets of the undergraduate learning experience.

An emphasis is placed on mastering the concepts of human development and examining the implications of this knowledge base for the design of educational practice in general and the implementation of student services in particular.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the historical roots and philosophical assumptions underlying the formation of the student affairs profession.
  2. Describe the various student affairs functions and discuss current issues of significance to select functional areas.
  3. Identify and demonstrate application of the basic tools of inquiry (e.g., statistics, research design, evaluation models) to student affairs issues, problems, and programs.
  4. Explain some of the basic patterns and processes of human growth and development (e.g., psychosocial, life-span, cognitive development, personality and learning style).
  5. Explain the dynamics of basic environmental dimensions (i.e., human aggregate, physical, organizational, and perceptual) associated with various campus micro- and macro-environments.
  6. Within the interactionist paradigm, discuss some of the key documented outcomes of college attendance and their relationship to various institutional characteristics.
  7. Demonstrate an appreciation for students of diverse backgrounds by identifying the special needs of given student subgroups, including minority, adult, women, and international students.
  8. Describe yourself in terms of a set of competencies that characterize your strengths as an emerging professional in student affairs.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice by designing student development interventions that draw from the contributions of several theories.
  10. List and explain several issues facing higher education and the potential role student affairs might play in their resolution.
Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2 Years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
  • Part time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: