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Higher Education, M.Ed. - College Student Affairs Leadership

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education program emphasizing college student affairs leadership (CSAL) is designed to develop professionals who have strong backgrounds in educational theory and research, traditional and adult learners, and the role of student affairs in institutions of higher education.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) curriculum is offered within the Educational Leadership and Counseling department. The CSAL program is designed to develop professionals who have strong backgrounds in educational theory and research, traditional and adult learners, and the role of student affairs in institutions of higher education.

The CSAL curriculum prepares students for professional positions in institutions of higher education in a variety of areas such as:

Why Study CSAL at Grand Valley?

  • Opportunities for internships and practica, allowing students to pursue specialized areas of interest.
  • Professional development for graduate students through an intensive orientation/training program.
  • Monthly in-service training and occasional conference participation.
  • Regular practica learning opportunities.
  • Staff that cultivates friendship and support among graduate assistants, to encourage success and increase effectiveness in their academic endeavors at Grand Valley and later in their careers as student affairs practitioners.

Helpful Links

For More Information

College of Education

gvsu.edu/coe/grad
401 W. Fulton St, Building C
(616) 331-6650
coeserve@gvsu.edu

Graduate Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/gradapply

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter deadline is September 15; spring/summer deadline is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Coursework

The CSAL emphasis includes foundation courses, emphasis area courses, concentration courses, and elective courses for a minimum of 42 credits. The program is designed to be completed in two full-time academic years.

Career Options

  • Academic advising
  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Housing
  • Judicial affairs
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Recreation and wellness
  • Student affairs

 

“The CSAL program combines the best educational, work, and social aspects into a singular master's program experience. The combination of knowledgeable faculty, cohort classroom experiences, and diverse assistantship/practicum opportunities created an unforgettable learning experience. I now have the educational foundation, practical experiences, and social skills necessary to excel in the realm of student affairs.”

SCOTT ISENGA
CSAL STUDENT