College Student Personnel Administration

College Student Personnel Administration

Get Ready for a Career in Higher Education

The master’s program in College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) at Canisius College prepares student affairs practitioners to work in all sectors of higher education administration while emphasizing the unique context of private, independent colleges and universities. The CSPA program combines the in-class education of graduate coursework with the experiential learning of required internships to achieve its mission. Graduate assistantships are also available, which provide additional experience.

Graduates of the College Student Personnel Administration master’s degree program will be:

  • Prepared to enter the student affairs profession as practitioners in multiple administrative sub-fields (residence life, student activities, career services, etc.)
  • Able to use the foundations of theory and practical experience to make sound and ethical professional decisions.
  • Prepared to participate as professionals in the education of the whole student, consistent with the Jesuit value of cura personalis (“care for the person”), regardless of the institutional context of their work.
  • Able to understand the value of contributing to their profession through participation in professional associations, and through activities such as presentations and publications and serving in leadership positions.