Masters Program Details


To prepare and develop the next generation of student affairs professionals.


The UWG College Student Affairs program will prepare graduate students for careers serving students in higher education by providing opportunities to:

  • Develop advising and helping skills
  • Develop competencies as outlined by the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners
  • Understand and appreciate the student development experience and student diversity in higher education
  • Understand the historical and theoretical context of higher education
  • Understand and apply the practice-to-theory-to-practice model
  • Gain focused practical experience through assistantships, internships, and practica to prepare graduates for successful careers in higher education

Program Description

The University of West Georgia offers a graduate program in College Student Affairs. This is a concentration within Counseling in the department of Collaborative Support and Intervention. Courses will be taught by both full-time faculty and?practitioners, with meaningful assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. The CSA program uses the CAS Standards and ACPA/NASPA professional competency areas for student affairs practitioners as guidelines for program development and assessment.

Method of Delivery

Approximately 5 out of 14 of the required courses are offered fully online; see Courses tab for more info.



Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 42
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at


Program is mostly in class with some online work (about 25% online/75% face-to-face).

Counseling Theories - CEPD-6131
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An introduction to selected, prominent counseling theories with emphasis placed upon short-term therapies. Focus is on relating theory to practice and on comparing and contrasting the key concepts, techniques, counselor and client roles, counselor-client relationships, methods of assessment and the contributions and limitations of each theory.

Introduction to Counseling Practice - CEPD-6140
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An overview of basic, therapeutic interviewing skill building through practice and feedback to develop personal strengths in counseling. This course also provides students with an orientation to professional counseling organizations, the developmental history of the counseling profession, as well as ethical, legal and professional issues.

Group Counseling - CEPD-6160
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches. This course also includes 10 hours of experience as a group member.

Foundations of College Student Affairs - CEPD-6170
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of student affairs and its role within the context of American higher education. The course will examine the philosophical, historical, and theoretical foundations of the profession, and students will learn about the cultural and organizational contexts of student affairs work. It will introduce students to the various functional areas within student affairs, diversity of institutional types and student populations, and contemporary issues of the profession, and provide them with a broad foundation of knowledge to which subsequent study, practitioner skills, and research strategies may be added.

Theories of College Student Development - CEPD-6172
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will introduce students to human development theories that most affect college students. The course will examine psychosocial, cognitive, structural and typological theories, with a focus on learning to use theory to improve our work with students. It also examines how race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religious beliefs can influence development.

Higher Education Administration - CEPD-6174
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to higher education, with an emphasis on understanding the practical skills necessary to be a successful administrator.

Student Affairs Practicum - CEPD-6175
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Students will spend 150 hours in a supervised work experience in a higher education setting, designed for them to gain exposure to both the breadth and depth of student affairs work. The experience will include work with individual students and groups of students in: program planning, implementation, and evaluation; staff training, advising, or supervision; and administrative functions or processes. May be repeated for credit.

Legal Issues in Higher Education - CEPD-6176
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will introduce students to legal and ethical issues confronting student affairs practitioners, including key concepts, federal law, and court cases.

The American College Student - CEPD-6178
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will introduce students to the theoretical and research literature with respect to student characteristics and the effects of college on students.

Capstone Seminar: Student Affairs - CEPD-6179
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This seminar is designed to promote the integration of the core curriculum and practitioner experiences of the master's degree program in College Student Affairs and to prepare students for their transition to professional positions within student affairs upon graduation. Students will develop and present a professional portfolio.

Career Theory and Intervention - CEPD-7112
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed to help students in a master's level or higher curriculum become competent in the use of educational and occupational information in counseling-related activities. Particular emphasis will be placed on how information is processed in planning, establishing and managing careers from a life-span perspective.

Multicultural Counseling - CEPD-7138
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of selected issues relevant to understanding multicultural lifespan differences, counseling process and practice.

Advocacy and Leadership - CEPD-7145
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course emphasizes 'theory to practice' by providing experiences that allow students to assess and develop their personal leadership while emphasizing the values, knowledge and skills required for effective advocacy and brokering of services through consultation and collaboration Special emphasis is placed on the development of skills in planning, organizing, coordinating and delivering programs that generate systematic change. Use of data to identify needs, remove barriers and mobilize resources from schools and communities in order to increase options for students and clients are primary themes throughout the course.

Research and Program Evaluation - CEPD-7152
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed to provide counselors with the research knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate individual and group counseling interventions, as well as educational programs. An emphasis will be placed on the collection and use of quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate programs. Counselors in training will also learn how to communicate data and findings to others to effect change and to act as advocates for students/clients.

Substance Abuse Counseling - CEPD-7155
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed for counselors and other human service providers working in a variety of settings, including schools, community agencies, private practices, and hospitals. Topics covered include the classification of drugs and their effects on users; various models of addiction; the use of assessment, diagnosis, and prevention strategies with individuals, families, and groups; relapse prevention; and legal, ethical and multicultural issues associated with addictions work.


This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

The admission process begins with application to Graduate Studies. The application and all materials are submitted to Graduate Studies. Files will be reviewed in the department only after all materials are received. Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (Community or School) and the Initial Certification programs are made each semester (summer, fall, spring). Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs) are made only in the fall semester with application deadline in February.

  1. 2.7 undergraduate GPA
  2. Minimum GRE composite score of: a.  800 (before to August 1, 2011, minimum of 400 verbal and 400/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing), or b.  286 (after August 1, 2011, minimum of 146 verbal and 140/3.5 analytical writing)
  3. Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program (please e-mail to
  4. Resumé (please e-mail to
  5. Two letters of recommendation ((i.e., one from a faculty member and one from a current or former supervisor or professional colleague) - (please e-mail to
  6. Interview with faculty: This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, related professional or undergraduate experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills. 

Because of the change in our admissions requirements this year, we recognize that not all applicants will be able to take the GRE before February 15. If you are unable to submit your GRE score by that date, your application will be considered based on the other information, and a decision will be made whether to invite you to March 10-12 Interview Days. However, you will need to submit your GRE by March 15 so that can be considered in the final admission decision.

Review of applications will begin on February 1st.  The application deadline is February 15th.  Applications will be accepted after that date, but will be reviewed only if time allows before Interview Days and/or depending on the number of applications received up to that point.

Interview Days for the program and available graduate assistantships are scheduled for March and the dates will be specifically notified to applicants. Selected applicants will be invited to attend Interview Days.

Application Deadlines

Admission: Fall

Priority Application Deadline: February 1st

Interview: March

Notification of Acceptance: April


Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here:

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.


Dr. Matt Varga
Program Coordinator

Graduate Studies Records Coordinator

Phone: 678-839-6105 | Fax: 678-839-5451|

Office: Education Annex 221




Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, philosophical, ethical, cultural, and research foundations of higher education that inform student affairs practice.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of and respect for human diversity and the special needs of minority students
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply ethical principles to practice
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply basic counseling skills and appropriate development theory to understand, support, and advocate for student learning and development
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the impact of student characteristics and collegiate environment on student learning and learning opportunities
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills required to design and evaluate effective educational interventions for individuals and groups
  • Students will demonstrate the ability apply leadership, organizational, and management practices that assist institutions in accomplishing their mission
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and apply assessment, evaluation, and research skills in an ethical and legal manner