Ed.M. in College Student Affairs Prepares and Empowers the Next Generation of Higher Education Professionals

December 05, 2017

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) in College Student Affairs (CSA) empowers students with the knowledge and experience needed to pursue careers in university settings. This successful program was launched in 2009 and currently has over 150 alumni. The GSE’s CSA program has a 95% job placement rate within three months of graduation.

This innovative program caters to students who are interested in working with diverse populations and creating inclusive environments at universities. The program is a combination of theory and practice as students are required to work in a variety of student affairs areas as graduate interns at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers University–Newark. As employees of Rutgers, the students benefit from tuition remission and are compensated for their employment.

Dr. Ebelia Hernandez, an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, who has been recognized by the American College Personnel Association as an Emerging Scholar, led the program for the last three years. Renowned faculty include Professor Florence Hamrick, who currently leads the program and previously served as editor of the Journal of College Student Development, along with a host of nationally recognized college student affairs senior leaders from across the university. They bring a wealth of academic and practical experience to the CSA program.

“The program develops a nurturing relationship between the incoming first year cohort and the second-year cohort,” said Dr. Hernandez. “The second-year students invest in the professional development of the first-year students by helping them prepare for job interviews, critiquing their resumes, and advising them of internship opportunities.”

Joseph Thompson, an alum of the program, currently serves as Assistant Director of Student Development at Stockton University. “I chose the Rutgers GSE College Student Affairs program for its reputation. My professors were highly-respected in the field and the classes offered were a great balance of theory and practical application,” said Thompson. “The GSE prepared me for the rigor and responsibility of working in student affairs and as a fraternity and sorority advisor, which was my goal when I joined the program. I felt prepared to leave Rutgers and hit the ground running as a professional. I was able to begin my career with the confidence that I could do the job.”

College Student Affairs is a growing field with increasing employment prospects. The GSE plans to expand the Ed.M. in CSA with the new Executive Management program for working professionals and increasing online opportunities. 

Who to contact:
Afsheen A. Shamsi
(914) 217-0983