The Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling program at Northeastern University aims to create mindful, action-oriented leaders in the fields of higher education and student affairs.
The Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling 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 sixty-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:
- Academic advising
- Student activities
- Career counseling
- Judicial affairs
- Service learning
- Cooperative education
- Residential life
At the culmination of two years within College Student Development and Counseling 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
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.
Application requirements and deadlines vary based on the program you’re applying to, and can be viewed on the Bouvé College of Health Sciences website. All graduate applicants will need three letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement, the most recent copy of their resumé, and official transcripts.
- Application fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
A grade of B or higher is required in each course.
Student Affairs Administration
College Student Development
Research and Evaluation
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Northeastern offers a variety of ways for students to gain experience, some examples include:
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
- In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
- Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in 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.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Psychology & Mental Health alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- McLean Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Arbor Counseling Services
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
What They're Skilled At
- Mental Health
- Public Speaking
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.