M.Ed. On Campus

College Student Personnel Administration

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
466 USD/credit 8388 USD/year
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Upon completion of this College Student Personnel Administration program at James Madison University, students will be prepared for college, university and community college administrative positions. 


About this Degree at James Madison University

Preparation for college student personnel careers involves participation in learning experiences designed to provide an understanding of the college student, counseling theories, various collegiate subcultures and the nature of higher education as an institution in the United States. The College Student Personnel Administration program's link with counseling psychology provides opportunities for personal growth and the development of interpersonal relationship skills.  

After successful completion of this program, students are awarded the M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a concentration in CSPA.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Higher Education 
  • Student Personnel Services 
  • The American College Student 
  • Multiculturealism, Diversity and Difference: Theory, Research and Practice in Student Affairs 
  • Organization and Administration of Student Services 
  • Supervision and Consultation Processes in Student Personnel 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement - limit of 250 words per question
  • What significant personal or professional experiences influenced you to pursue the student affairs profession?
  • What personal characteristics do you possess which will contribute to your success as a student affairs administrator?
  • What specific skills or attributes are you looking to improve/enhance by participating in the JMU CSPA program?
  • What aspects of the JMU CSPA program will assist/facilitate your ability to meet your career/professional goals?
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one recommendation should come from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's abilities)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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