College Student Personnel (CSP) Master's Program

The College Student Personnel program prepares practitioners for positions in student affairs through an integration of theory-based course work emphasizing student learning, growth, and development that is complemented by professional internships in college or university settings.  Both aspects of this program enable students to become reflective practitioners who combine knowledge and skill with their personal and professional values as they serve their profession.  The goal of the College Student Personnel program is to focus the concern of its graduates on enhancing learning environments for students during their collegiate experiences.

Program Mission & Purpose
Since 1964, the BGSU College Student Personnel program has prepared student affairs professionals. An emphasis is placed on mastering the concepts of human development and examining the implications of this knowledge base for the design of educational practice in general and the implementation of student services in particular. As a result of participating in the academic and experiential coursework, graduates are expected to demonstrate learning outcomes such as those listed below:

  • Define the historical roots and philosophical assumptions underlying the formation of the student affairs profession.
  • Describe the various student affairs functions and discuss current issues of significance to select functional areas.
  • Identify and demonstrate application of the basic tools of inquiry (e.g., statistics, research design, evaluation models) to student affairs issues, problems, and programs.
  • Explain some of the basic patterns and processes of human growth and development (e.g., psychosocial, life-span, cognitive-developmental, personal style).
  • Explain the dynamics of basic environmental dimensions (i.e., human aggregate, physical, organizational, and perceptual) associated with various campus environments.
  • Within the person-environment interaction paradigm, identify some of the key documented outcomes of college attendance and their relationship to various institutional characteristics.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for students of diverse backgrounds by characterizing the special needs of a variety of student subgroups (e.g., racial/ethnic, adult, women, international students).
  • Offer an informed assessment of your competencies that characterize your strengths as an emerging professional in student affairs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice by designing student development interventions that draw from the contribution of several theories.
  • List and explain several issues facing higher education and the potential role student affairs might play in their resolution.

Although the goal of this master's program is to prepare generalist practitioners with a broad understanding of the role of student affairs in postsecondary education, it is recognized that each student's interests and skills will result in a more specific orientation toward select roles and functions. Therefore, each student will have the opportunity to select elective classes and practica that will support the concepts taught in required courses, enhance the student's internship experiences, and allow the student to develop unique areas of knowledge and skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in College Student Personnel are expected to be able to:

  • Evaluate history, role, and purpose of student affairs functions in higher education institutions  
  • Assess and analyze models and theories of student learning and development and campus environments, informed by cultural factors that influence their creation and use.  
  • Evaluate campus policy and practice to promote student success, diversity, equity, and social justice. 
  • Analyze influence of institutional type on campus mission, programs, and services, 
  • Assess values, knowledge, and skills in relation to professional competencies. 

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

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.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The College Student Personnel program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 04/19/2024 02:09PM