M.Sc. On Campus

Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs

California Polytechnic State University

24 months
21114 USD/year
18798 USD/year
12462 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs (HECSA) program from California Polytechnic State University prepares students for careers working as counselors and student affairs professionals in a variety of higher education and non-profit settings. 


The Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs program of California Polytechnic State University meets student affairs competency standards created by the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (ACPA & NASPA, 2015). Completion of the degree also meets the educational requirements for those seeking positions as counselors in the California community college system.The HECSA program has no specific undergraduate major requirement but embraces students from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Students attending full-time complete the 72-unit program in two to three years. A major strength of the program is its extensive internship program, with opportunities throughout the program for "real world" work experience. The program enjoys a large and supportive network of alums employed in higher education and non-profit settings throughout California and the United States."

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and evaluate foundational and emerging literature and theories.
  • Demonstrate cognitive complexity, embrace ambiguity, and apply problem solving skills.
  • Effectively integrate and apply appropriate theories, methods, and principles in professional practice.
  • Effectively engage in cross-disciplinary, campus, and community partnerships to effect change.
  • Continuously develop professional skills through ongoing assessment and reflection.
  • Demonstrate ethics, integrity, legality, and leadership.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Measurement and Assessment
  • Leadership and Consultation in Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcript(s) from the institution granting bachelor’s degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of academic and/or professional recommendation.
  • Results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE standard test); quantitative, verbal and writing scores should be at the 50th percentile or higher for consideration.
  •  Language proficiency requirement. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21114 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    18798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18798 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12462 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12462 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for San Luis Obispo

1100 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

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


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