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College Student Affairs

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • College Student Affairs
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Degree


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The Master of Education (Ed. M.) in College Student Affairs (CSA) at Rutgers--New Brunswick/Piscataway is a 42 credit hour course of study designed to prepare students for professional positions in the field of student affairs.  The CSA program is based on the academic requirements established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) which have been endorsed by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA: College Student Educators International. Learning opportunities for students include combinations of classroom instruction, project-based learning, field experiences, internships, and individualized learning.

The CSA program has an applied focus—the integrated learning experience helps students develop the knowledge, skills and work experience to prepare them to be student affairs professionals.  Student Affairs professionals work directly with students in a wide range of specialty areas that include, but are not limited to: housing and residence life, campus unions, student activities, volunteer student services, educational programming, counseling and advising, career development and placement, new student orientation, admissions and enrollment management, services for students from underrepresented groups, retention programs, assessment offices, parent programs, student judicial programs, service learning, academic advising, disability services, Greek affairs, campus recreation programs, veterans services, cultural centers, and health and wellness services.

Enrolled Ed.M. students pursue a rigorous program of academic study combined with practicum and internship experiences that enable them to focus on their particular areas of interest or gain experience across a variety of student affairs offices. The CSA student organization Future Leaders in Student Affairs (FLSA) plans and provides a variety of professional development, community-building, and social events.

The integrated curriculum of the College Student Affairs Ed.M. program at Rutgers is designed to provide students with in-depth understandings of:

  1. Interpersonal communication, program planning, community building, leadership, and student learning;
  2. The evolution of the student affairs profession and its contemporary organizational and administrative contexts;
  3. Theories and models of college students’ development such as psychosocial, cognitive, and learning theories. Students will utilize theoretical and empirical knowledge to inform their professional practice in student affairs across a variety of organizational and institutional contexts.
  4. Individual and group interventions to assist organizations and individuals in achieving their goals. In addition, students will develop the abilities and skills to engage and serve a diverse student population effectively.
  5. Assessment models and approaches, along with an overview of research methods, that enable students to be more sophisticated consumers of educational research and to assist with the design and implementation of assessment.


Completed application materials for the College Student Affairs program may be submitted electronically via the Graduate Admissions Website. The application deadline is December 15; all application materials must be received by this deadline.  Applications are accepted only for fall admission.

Applicants for admission must have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; competitive applicants have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA. In addition, all applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Scores from the Verbal and Quantitative tests of the GRE (score reports from up to five years ago will be accepted)
  • A personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one must come from a faculty member and at least one must be from a student affairs professional. The third letter may be from another faculty member, another student affairs professional, an academic or student organization advisor, or a work supervisor.

Applications will first be screened for acceptance into the CSA program. These individuals will be notified and invited to attend a two-day campus event in March. During this campus visit, program applicants interview for part-time graduate internships. Acceptance of a graduate internship offer is the final step to acceptance into the CSA Ed.M. program. If your questions pertaining to admissions and program information are not addressed in the FAQ lists, please contact

Graduate internships generally pay a stipend and provide full tuition remission (the out of state tuition reimbursement process is being updated at this time). CSA students are responsible for paying university fees. Graduate internships within Residence Life also provide housing and a meal plan.

For information on financial aid opportunities, please see the GSE's Fellowships, Scholarships & Assistantships page.

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Program Requirements

The CSA program is designed as a two-year cohort experience requiring full-time enrollment along with part-time employment in a graduate internship during each of the two years. Ed.M. students must complete an approved program of study of at least 42 graduate credit hours, and they must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during all semesters of program enrollment. CSA faculty conduct regular reviews of students' grades and professional development experiences to ensure satisfactory progress within the program.

As a culminating project, Ed.M. students create and present a learning narrative with supporting documents in accordance with guidelines set by the CSA faculty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download. If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact