With satisfactory completion of this program a Counselor Education: College Student Personnel Adminsitration Concentration, M.Ed. will be awarded.

Application Deadline

The application will open September 1. 

January 2 priority deadline, and January 15th is final deadline.

CSPA program has extended their deadline to February 15th.

Program Begins



Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program

Admission to the program is competitive. The undergraduate record, grade point average, personal interview, GRE scores (optional), and campus community involvement will be considered in assessing an applicant's appropriateness for the program.

The applicant is also required to submit:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement that addresses four short questions:
  1. What significant personal or professional experiences influenced you to pursue the Student Affairs profession?
  2. What personal characteristics do you possess which will contribute to your success as a Student Affairs administrator?
  3. What specific skills or attributes are you looking to improve/enhance by participating in the JMU CSPA program?
  4. What aspects of the JMU CSPA program will assist/facilitate your ability to meet your career/professional goals?
  • Three Recommendations: At least one of the recommendation letters should come from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic abilities.

The CSPA program will invite candidates for an interview during the month of February. The interview may be in-person or virtual and is a required part of the application process.

Prospective students should demonstrate good interpersonal skills, emotional stability, self-awareness, and the ability to handle the types of stresses inherent in college student personnel administration.

Personal qualifications will be assessed by the personal interview, the application, and the letters of recommendation. Campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, honors, and work experience will also be considered.


Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

Details regarding transcripts and credential evaluations from non-US academic institutions can be found on the Transcripts & Credential Evaluation webpage. 

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