Frequently Asked Questions

The graduate school application process can be quite challenging and confusing.  With so many questions to be answered, where do you start?  The CSP FAQ page is that starting place to answer some of the common questions we receive about our program and the application process answered right away.  

Please feel free to email the Assistant to the Chair for the CSP program - Jordan Laffin with any additional questions you have about the program!


  1. Graduate Admissions Application – apply online at http://www.gradapply.bgsu.edu
  2. An official or copy of unofficial transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work taken at any college or university (Note: application files are not complete without all transcripts.)
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Results (Plan early to take this exam; see http://www.ets.org/gre for details)
  4. Current résumé that details your experience, including undergraduate student involvement (typically 2 pages)
  5. Career Statement (3 pages double spaced; include your name on this document) that address the following points:
    (a) What are your career goals pertaining to student affairs?
    (b) What qualities, characteristics, and skills do you possess that make you a strong candidate for the higher education and student affairs program and profession?
    (c) Describe one issue or challenge facing higher education and student affairs that you hope to address as a professional.
  6. Three reference letters and CSP reference forms
After these materials are complete
  1. We ensure full consideration to those who have a complete application on file by December 1, 2017. Others are considered on a space-available basis.
  2. Applications are then reviewed by the admissions committee. The committee selects about 80 applicants to invite to one of two rounds of Interview Days (I-Days).
  3. Selected students are invited to one of two rounds of I-Days [Round 1: February 4-6 and Round 2: February 21-February 23]. During I-Days, candidates learn about the CSP Program and interact with program faculty, current students, internship supervisors, and other candidates. Internship interviews are prescheduled for the second day with some follow-up meetings or site visits on the last day.
  4. By early March, candidates submit their internship preferences and internship supervisors submit their candidate preferences.
  5. The department chair and Assistant to the Chair match candidates and internships bases on these preferences.
  6. Internship offers are made beginning in early March. Candidates will receive only one internship offer from CSP.
  7. An approved internship or job in higher education/student affairs is required of all CSP students.

The CSP program requires the GRE in order to be admitted to the program; however, there is not a minimum required score, nor an average that we post of those students who are accepted or enroll in the CSP program.  We do a holistic review of candidates’ files considering their academic background and performance, background experience, career statement, and letters of reference. Not taking the GRE is the only way to guarantee that the GRE will prevent your acceptance into the program. 

Graduate interns receive a stipend for the academic year. Stipends at BGSU are $9,000.  Stipends at our partnership institutions range from $10,000 to $18,978.  (These are 2017-2018 rates; rates for 2018-2019 will be announced when they are approved.)

Graduate interns also receive a tuition scholarship. Typically, the scholarship covers 30 of the 42 required credits although offers may vary.  Additional scholarships are available.  Students typically cover one class fall and spring for two years (12 credits).  The non-resident fee (out-of-state tuition) is included for the covered credits in the first year only.   Eligible students may apply for recognition as an Ohio resident from BGSU after one year.  Using the graduate fee calculator can help you estimate costs. 

BGSU's CSP program offers a wide range of internship opportunities for our graduate students.  Approximately 3/4 of any CSP cohort will have their internships at BGSU and about 1/4 of the cohort will have their internships off campus at one of our partnership institutions.

Interns are placed in a variety of functional areas.  Click here to see list of current CSP student placements. Not all internships are available in a given year. 

These are affectionate terms describing the internship and living locations of our CSP students. On-oners have a BGSU internship and live on-campus at BGSU (e.g., BGSU hall director).  On-offers have a BGSU internship and live off-campus (e.g., academic advising, student activities).  Off-offers live and work off of the BGSU campus.





A unique aspect of the CSP program is that approximately ¼ of any CSP cohort does their internship at a partnership institution.  We currently have placements at Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Bluffton University, Cleveland State University, Ohio Northern University, and Oberlin College.  Most of these students work in residence life and have collateral assignments in another department such as student life, first-year programs, or civic engagement. 

These students start classes the summer prior to the rest of the cohort and take two courses during an 8-week time period (beginning 6/15 and continuing through 8/7).  This summer session allows students the opportunity to take fewer classes during the year and reduces the commute to campus.  Typically, off-offers come to BGSU once a week plus once a month for classes and spend the rest of the week at their partnership institution.  

Students who work for the Office of Residence Life at BGSU as graduate hall directors or graduate leadership coordinators are required to live in campus residence.  Meal plans are also provided.  

Most interns at our partnership institutions (off-offers) work in residence life and live on campus there.  Meal plans are also provided.  Those not in residence life live in the surrounding community.

Interns at BGSU often live close to campus, some in one-bedrooms apartment within walking distance of campus (typical cost approximately $500 per month), some in shared apartments within walking and driving distance (typical cost approximately $375 per month).  Other students may live in the surrounding towns or communities in apartments or houses. 

Per our agreement with the Council of Graduate Schools, students have until April 15 to accept an internship offer.  Offers made after that date will have a negotiated deadline for acceptance. 

In addition to the tuition scholarships and stipends that BGSU CSP students receive, there are additional scholarships available throughout students’ time in the CSP program.  Some scholarships are awarded at the time of the internship offer (e.g., Dr. Carolyn Palmer Diversity Enhancement, Dr. Carney Strange, BGSU-NUFP).  Other awards and scholarships are available to students who are currently enrolled in the CSP program to assist them with funding for their second year.  Additionally, students in the CSP program receive professional development funds during their time in the program to off-set the cost of attending conferences and other professional development opportunities.