The college student personnel master’s is a program of the Department of Higher Education & Student Affairs in the College of Education & Human Development

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Master of Arts in

College Student Personnel

The BGSU Master of Arts in College Student Personnel prepares practitioners for positions in student affairs through the integration of college student personnel (CSP) theory-based coursework emphasizing student learning, growth and development.

Professional internships complement theory skills in college or university settings.

Both aspects of this program enable you to become reflective a student affairs practitioner who combines knowledge and skill with your personal and professional values as you serve students from all walks of life.

Promote student success, diversity, equity and social justice.

Student affairs is an integral part of every student's collegiate experience. Student affairs professionals help students begin a lifetime journey of learning and growth.

The Master of Arts in College Student Personnel at BGSU is committed to preparing student affairs practitioners for positions at the post-secondary level.

Our goal is to prepare generalist college student affairs professionals. Still, because each student has personal and professional student affairs goals, you will have the opportunity to select elective classes and practica, allowing the you to develop unique areas of knowledge and skills.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs
  • Colleges and Universities in Film and Fiction
  • Social Justice Training and Education
  • Skills and Techniques of Counseling
  • Career and Life Planning Approaches
  • Law and Higher Education
  • Statistics in Education

Gain skills to enhance learning environments for students during their collegiate experiences.


The 42-credit-hour master’s in college student personnel program requirements include a balance of classroom-based academic learning and field-based experiential learning.  

College student personnel students will be challenged by taking on professional responsibilities in an internship where they will be exposed to several theoretical frameworks providing a foundation for understanding many facets of the undergraduate learning experience.

International study abroad courses are offered to help students gain exposure to other cultures and the practice of higher education student affairs in institutions abroad.

The capstone project allows students to showcase their growth and development through projects developed during practica, internships and class projects.


The BGSU CSP master's program is enriched by an outstanding network of more than 1,800 student affairs alumni who are happy to assist in placing new graduates in colleges and universities nationwide and in other countries. 

CSP alumni serve in entry-, mid- and senior-level positions and hold posts such as faculty, deans, vice-presidents and presidents of universities worldwide.  

The CSP program also prepares students to enter top doctoral programs.

Go Far in your career

  • Campus Activities Assistant Director
  • Program Director
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Student Engagement Director
  • Student Affairs Case Manager
  • Director of Counseling and Student Development
  • Student Affairs Specialist

Since 1964, the BGSU college student personnel program has prepared student affairs professionals.

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The college student personnel master’s is a program of the Department of Higher Education & Student Affairs in the College of Education & Human Development

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The College Student Personnel program was reviewed in the academic year 2018-2019.

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Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The college student personnel program does not lead to professional licensure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 02/26/2024 09:12AM