Developing Practitioner-Scholars
College Student Personnel (CSP) Program

CSP Mission
“The M.Ed. in College Student Personnel (CSP) has a strong focus on developing practitioner-scholars by integrating academic coursework and theoretical constructs with supervised professional experience. Our goal is to prepare learners to be competent student development specialists in all areas of university life and to cultivate practitioners who are committed to the growth and development of all students. In order to do this, we are dedicated to facilitating learning environments where students engage in acute dialogue, critically analyze scholarly content, and further develop their own identity.”

The CSP program core values and guiding principles are the same as those stated in the University's mission statement.

CSP Vision
Completion of the M.Ed. in College Student Personnel will provide graduates with comprehensive knowledge and experiences with which to pursue professional employment within an institution of higher education and/or a doctoral degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs.

Any student desiring admission to the M.Ed. in CSP program must qualify based on his or her ability to complete the academic requirements of the program, personal qualifications necessary for success in the student affairs profession and suitable goals. 

The CSP program follows the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Education, which the program proudly includes close interpersonal communication between faculty and students. 

Admission
The deadline for admittance into the CSP program is July 1.  To be considered for funding, scholarships or a graduate assistantship, a completed application must be received by March 1.

Meetings
Classes are typically taught on Western Carolina University’s main campus in a face-to-face environment.  However, based on demand only, we will accommodate students in the Asheville area at WCU’s Biltmore Park Instructional Site. 

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study and loans.  Grants and scholarships are only awarded to students who have demonstrated high levels of academic performance.  To earn a graduate assistantship, a completed application must be submitted to the Graduate School by March 1 of the year intended to enter.  The Financial Aid office at WCU is here to assist you with all of your financial aid questions and needs.

 

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