M.Sc. On Campus

College Student Personnel

Western Illinois University

12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Educational Studies offers a Master of Science in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University, which prepares professionals to be effective leaders and reflective practitioners doing socially and ethically responsible work in the field of student affairs.

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In the College Student Personnel program at Western Illinois University, student learning and development is paramount both for graduate students and the students they serve as student affairs practitioners. Growth is facilitated through student, faculty, and student affairs professional partnerships in the classroom as well as through practical experiences in the field of student affairs.  This real-world experience comes through service as a full-time professional or through assistantships, practica, and summer internships.  We are guided by the values of theory-to-practice, ethical action, self-authorship, social justice, and transformative learning.

The CSP program has a theory-to-practice orientation that includes coursework in student development theory, leadership development, group dynamics, philosophy and history of higher education, organization and administration of student affairs, multicultural competency, counseling theory and techniques, and research methods. All of this preparation is aimed at helping you develop and grow as a leader and a reflective practitioner doing socially responsible work as student affairs professional in a variety of student settings, including residence life, student activities, Greek affairs, admissions and student recruitment, academic advising, orientation, multicultural student programs, student retention, gender programs, career development, and experiential education.

Hallmarks of the CSP Program:

  • The program has graduated almost 900 alumni.
  • A two-year Master's of Science program that meets CAS standards, the most comprehensive and rigorous graduate preparation program standards within higher education.
  • Two tracks within the College Student Personnel program offers educational opportunities for both emerging professionals and experienced professionals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Research
  • Legal Issues for Professionals in College Personnel 
  • Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel Services 
  • Higher Education in the United States
  • Student Development Theory and Application I 
  • Student Characteristics and College Impact
  • Professional Development Seminar 


  • Matt Bierman, Director of University Budget & Adjunct Professor, College Student Personnel Program, Department of Educational Studies (M.B.A., Western Illinois University)
  • D. Chase Catalano, Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Program, Department of Educational Studies (Ed.D., University of Massachusetts)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

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    13830 USD/year
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    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13830 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Moline

1100 - 1500 USD /month
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