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James Madison University’s graduate program in College Student Personnel Administration intentionally suffuses academic course work with practical experiences in a dynamic two-year professional program. The program’s unique blend of theory and practice is due to the collaborative efforts of the Department of Graduate Psychology and the Division of Student Affairs.

The program is designed to provide professional preparation for college, university, and community college positions. JMU CSPA prepares graduates to excel as higher education educators through learning experiences that:

  • Foster self-awareness
  • Bolster understanding of the goals and practice of higher education and the profession of student affairs
  • Enhance students’ professional skills through strengthening proficiency at analysis, working across differences, collaboration, and problem solving

The program is anchored in a counseling core curriculum promoting personal growth and the development of interpersonal relationship skills.

Graduate courses in student developmental theory, counseling techniques and theory, the evolving field of Student Affairs, navigating complex organizations, program assessment and research methods, and individual and environmental interventions, are complemented with thoughtful integration of professional experiences.

JMU CSPA is unique because:

  • Full-time students hold an educational 20 hour per week assistantship that provides a full tuition waiver for in-state and out-of-state and a modest stipend
  • Students complete two 150 hour practicum experiences
  • Faculty, advisors, and supervisors are professionals committed to graduates becoming thoughtful contributors to the Student Affairs profession
  • Our curriculum is anchored in counseling classes and higher education/student affairs coursework that prepares graduates to be effective mentors, supervisors, and student advocates
  • Steve Grande, the program director, has over 25 years of experience as a Student Affairs professional

If you have any additional questions regarding the program, please contact:
Dr. Steve Grande, Assistant Professor
Director, CSPA Program

James Madison University
MSC 7401
Phone: 540-568-3433

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