About the CSAL Program

The College of Education and Community Innovation offers a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL).

The curriculum offered within the Educational Leadership and Counseling department is designed to develop professionals who have strong backgrounds in educational theory and research, traditional and post-traditional college students, and the role of student affairs in institutions of higher education. The CSAL program prepares students to become effective practitioner educators who pursue various administrative roles in higher education contexts, facilitate student learning and promote student success, and shape inclusive higher education communities.

Grand Valley State University offers numerous opportunities for CSAL students to put theory-to-practice though graduate assistantships and internship experiences.

If you would like to learn more about our program, please join one of our in-person or virtual sessions. More details are available by clicking here.

Click here to apply to GVSU's Graduate College of Education and Community Innovation's CSAL program.


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2022 Cohort

Program Requirements

Admission to the Program

  • $30 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official copies of transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A personal statement (500-750 words)  
    • Tell us why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs. In your response, be sure to provide specific examples of how the curriculum and professional opportunities provided by the program at Grand Valley State University align with your professional interests and goals. 
    • Tell us what you believe to be the most important issue facing higher education and student affairs in the United States and/or globally and why.
  • A resume

International applicants must apply by May 1st. 

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