University of Georgia

College of Education

Counseling and Human Development Services

College Student Affairs Administration

  • M.S.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Laura A Dean
413A Aderhold Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Program Statement

The M.Ed. program in College Student Affairs Administration offers theoretically grounded, experientially rich preparation for a career serving students in higher education.  Building on a legacy of more than 45 years as a leading student affairs program, the program offers an exceptional graduate experience based on a cohort model.  

The program is designed for full-time study and is two years (including one summer) in length. The curriculum focuses on student development and learning, and the connection of theory to practice. Learning takes place through traditional academic study and research, and through experiential activities including assistantships, practica, and internships.  Targeted seminars focus on first semester transition to graduate study, preparation for comprehensive exams, and professional development/job search skills.  Students gain nearly 500 hours of supervised practice through practica and internships, and while assistantships are not required for enrollment, most students work in GA positions during the program.  Internships take place primarily in the summer, and students have the opportunity to work full-time in settings across the country (and sometimes internationally).  Comprehensive exams are given in January of the second year of study.

Coursework includes the following:

  • Foundations of college student affairs 
  • Interpersonal and group facilitation and interventions
  • Theories of college student development and environments
  • College student affairs interventions
  • Multicultural practice in student affairs
  • Administration in college student affairs
  • Legal issues in student affairs
  • Research methods
  • Program evaluation and outcomes assessment

This program has six full-time faculty members, all experienced as practitioners, who devote their time to instruction. In addition, senior administrators in student affairs at the University of Georgia and other nearby institutions take an active role in the curriculum. The program enjoys a close relationship with the UGA Division of Student Affairs.

Cohorts are small (approximately 18-20 students), creating both academic and social support.  Classes in the M.Ed. program enroll master's students only; doctoral students often serve as teaching assistants in these courses, allowing valuable interaction and mentoring between master's and doctoral students.

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

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Average Time to Degree: 
2 years

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Day
Comprehensive Exam Required: