College Student Personnel Administration

Graduate: Master

School of Education & Human Services

A master's in College Student Personnel Administration equips you for a wide range of careers in higher education administration, at public and private colleges and universities. Consider collegiate administration if you enjoy working in the college environment – from residence life to career counseling to student services to multicultural affairs.

Program Description

Study in this two-year, full-time program and you will be prepared to make your mark in today's higher education field. A comprehensive combination of coursework, internships, and independent research provides a well-rounded program covering numerous aspects of higher education from theories of leadership to counseling in student affairs.

The program gives you great flexibility, as you take three courses per semester and complete two internships for hands-on, professional experience. You can choose to write a final thesis as part of an independent research project or take a comprehensive final exam. You will also be well-prepared to pursue a doctoral degree if desired.

Highlighted Courses

CSP 501 Introduction to College Student Personnel Administration
CSP 510 History of Higher Education in the U.S.
CSP 530 Methods of Research and Assessment
CSP 540 Diversity in Higher Education
CSP 560 Theories of Leadership
CSP 570 Introduction to Counseling for Student Affairs
CSP 660 The American College Student
CSP 665 Legal Issues in Higher Education
CSP 677 Capstone Seminar
CSP 680 & 681 Internships I and II
CSP 699 Independent Research


Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis in a variety of offices at the college offering a tuition waiver as well as invaluable experience in a higher education setting.


job placement rate based on five-year average

Extended Learning Opportunities

CSP students gain hands-on professional experience through internships and graduate assistantships both at Canisius College and other colleges and universities.

Student Achievements

Students in the College Student Personnel Administration program excel at what they do, earning national recognition.

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