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 (approximately 500 words)  
  • A resume


Personal Statement Prompts:

What experiences have led you to pursue a graduate degree in Higher Education? 

What qualities do you have that prepare you to be a successful graduate student in the M.Ed. in Higher Education program?

How will the M.Ed. in Higher Education program at GVSU help you to achieve your personal and professional goals in student affairs, higher education, or related fields?

Admission to CSAL





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