The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University aims to create mindful, action-oriented leaders in the fields of higher education and student affairs.
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The certificate is for those who already hold a master's degree in higher education administration or other areas but want to gain an advanced knowledge in college student development and higher education administration. The program is individually tailored to the candidate’s specific curriculum needs from the courses offered as part of the M.S. degree. The program focuses on counseling, college student development, the history and philosophy of the student affairs profession, and the organization and administration of the field. The program has a long history of providing its students with practical experience in which they put the theories and skills that they learn in the classroom directly to use. With more than 120 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius of Boston, we offer many opportunities for students to practice in various collegiate settings. These practicum experiences prepare students to work in entry-level and mid-level management in the field. Typical careers for which students are prepared for include:
At the culmination of two years within the program, students are required to submit a portfolio that demonstrates their understanding of professional competencies through learning, practice, and reflection. The portfolio is intended to become a tool for candidates to use with potential employers. Students are asked to create two versions: print and online. The portfolio will be separated into different sections that will demonstrate the student’s level of mastery for each professional competency as it relates to the individual’s knowledge base and practice.
Development of professional portfolio
Opportunities for experiential learning at over 120 colleges and universities in the Boston area
Allows those who already hold a master's degree in higher education administration or other areas to gain an advanced knowledge in college student development and higher education administration
The program offers emerging professionals the academic and experiential background that allows them to be able to design, create, and administer student personnel programs that teach leadership, foster development, value diversity, and complement the academic experience of college students.
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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Deadline for Fall Term: August 1
Deadline for Spring Term: December 1
Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling General Requirements
A grade of B or higher is required in each course.
Student Affairs Administration
CAEP 6301 - Planning and Administering Student Affairs
CAEP 6302 - Law and Ethics in Higher Education
CAEP 6303 - Financial Aspects of Higher Education
CAEP 6305 - Special Topics in Higher Education
CAEP 6235 - Vocational, Education, and Career Development
College Student Development
CAEP 6200 - Introduction to Counseling: Theory and Process in an Ecological Context
CAEP 6203 - Understanding Culture and Diversity
CAEP 6230 - Health Issues in Counseling
CAEP 6300 - Introduction to College Student Development
CAEP 6215 - Groups: Dynamics and Leadership
CAEP 8402 - College Student Development Practicum 1
CAEP 8403 - College Student Development Practicum 2
Research and Evaluation
CAEP 6202 - Research, Evaluation, and Data Analysis
CAEP 6262 - Evaluation and Outcomes Assessment of Community, School, and Health-Related Programs
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
Experiential learning is a hallmark of Northeastern University and its educational mission. As such, the MS in College Student Development and Counseling program provides students with field opportunities that will prepare new professionals for working in entry-level and beginning management positions in the college student development field. These positions are offered in departments and offices, which may not directly address the academic concerns of students, but are a vital part of the social, emotional, and moral development of students.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
Associate Professor, Director of College Student Development and Counseling
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
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