James Madison University

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Graduate Psychology

College Student Personnel Administration

Degrees: 
  • M. Ed.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Student Learning & Development

Contact

Donna L Harper
91 Alumnae Drive
MSC 7613
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Program Statement

James Madison University's graduate program in College Student Personnel Administration has been carefully designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate academic course work with practical experiences in a dynamic two-year professional program. The program's unique blend of theory and practice is due to the collaborative efforts of the Department of Psychology and the Division of Student Affairs and University Planning.

The program is designed to provide professional preparation for college, university, and community college positions. Preparation for college student personnel careers involves participation in learning experiences designed to provide an understanding of the college student, various collegiate subcultures, and the nature of higher education as an institution in the United States. The program's link with counseling psychology provides opportunities for personal growth and the development of interpersonal relationship skills.

Graduate courses are offered in areas such as developmental theory, counseling techniques and theory, group dynamics, student personnel services, psychological statistics, educational research methods and organizational theory. One of the unique aspects of the program is its emphasis on experiential learning. Students gain valuable experience in a number of student affairs offices through a structured program of practicums and assistantships. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills as college personnel professionals and to practice what they have learned in the classroom.

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Yes
Meets CAS Standards: 
Yes

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
4
Adjunct: 
10
Total Program Credit Hours: 
36
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program

No

Requirements

Entrance Exam: 
  • None Required
Assistantship Required: 
Yes
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
Yes
Attendance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Thesis: 
No
Comprehensive Exam Required: 
No