- Course Delivery
- Fully Online
- Total Credits
- In-State Tuition Per Credit
- Out of State Tuition Per Credit
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The online Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Student Affairs degree is designed for college graduates who would like to advance their careers in their college or university setting by developing knowledge and skill-based training.
This program will:
- Prepare students for a variety of functions and roles at universities and colleges.
- Equip them with knowledge on how to provide programs, experiences and services that cultivate the most enriching college for student growth, learning and success.
- Place an emphasis on student development.
- Provide counseling approaches to support students at every point in their college experience.
Career Outlook: As more and more individuals search for a postsecondary education, the demand for education administrators is expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics and faculty research at college and universities all over the U.S.
The program is designed to prepare practitioners for careers in:
- Student affairs at community colleges
- Public and private colleges
- Universities in the areas of advising
- Student activities
- Residence life
- Financial aid
With a background as a high school counselor, Matthrew Mims' interest has always been working to give a voice to groups that do not have one. Mims has a special interest and has been active in the GLBT community. At UNK, he is the advisor for the student organization Queer Straight Alliance and he leads Safe Zone Trainings, which aim to create safe environments for the GLBT community. He's also conducted research in global education and has an interest in international education, international student refugees and global curriculum.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
- Fall Semester
- June 15
- Spring Semester
- October 15
- Summer Sessions
- March 15
|Research Methods in Psychology and Education||3|
Course Number: CSP 802
A survey of the techniques of research with emphasis on counseling and educational applications. Content includes knowledge of: (a) scientific knowledge and research; (b) research questions and hypotheses; (c) reviewing research literature; (d) types of variables and operational definition; (e) types of research; (f) data collection; (g) data entry and analysis using a variety of statistical techniques; and (h) models of program evaluation.
|Techniques of Counseling||3|
Course Number: CSP 855
Prereq: open to majors in Counseling and School Psychology with adviser approval Techniques of Counseling provides an understanding of the philosophic bases of the helping process, with an emphasis on helper self-understanding and self-development. The purpose of the course is to provide a laboratory experience to enable you to learn and practice in a culturally responsive way the skills basic to the counseling process, to integrate and structure skills to meet client needs, and to gain an understanding of the ethical standards of the profession. Attention is given to understanding the psychological significance of the counseling relationship and to the development of the specific skills of counseling. This course is a pre-practicum experience. Requires grade of B or higher for successful completion.
Course Number: CSP 856
This course addresses trends, issues, theories, concepts and professional practice in multicultural counseling by building awareness of one's assumptions, values and biases regarding cultural diversity, promoting understanding of the worldview and sociopolitical history of culturally diverse clients, and developing appropriate intervention strategies and techniques for working with and/or advocating for culturally diverse clients.
|Theories of Counseling||3|
Course Number: CSP 860
The purpose of this course is to study the classical and contemporary theories of counseling. Students will be exposed to models of counseling including historical and philosophical background that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the field so that they begin to develop a personal model of counseling. These models will be the foundation for students to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions. Students will understand and apply theories of human behavior, ways to bring about change. Texts, class discussion and assignments encourage the learner to examine counseling and development theories, research, and socio-cultural issues critically and comparatively. Socio-cultural diversity is examined focusing on counseling methods and consciousness-raising regarding stereotypes that infringe on the helping process. Through various experiences students will be introduced to counseling theories in a way that offers personal and thought provoking challenges to conceptualize human behavior, cognition, affect, and the process of change.
|Student Affairs Organization and Practice||3|
Course Number: CSP 864
The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the organization and structure of student affairs programs in American higher education settings. The course will cover the history of the student affairs profession, the development of specific functions within the field of student affairs, and the relation to and integration of those functions into the educational mission of higher education institutions. Scholarly skills in the areas of research, critical evaluation, and writing will also be emphasized.
Course Number: CSP 865
Prereq: CSP 855 and adviser approval Designed to enable the counselor to (1) gain understanding concerning the theory of group dynamics as it relates to counseling; (2) form a point of view concerning the process and function of counseling in groups; (3) gain competency in the use of effective group counseling techniques. It is designed to foster knowledge of skills and ethical considerations in group leadership. The course combines the use of lectures, discussion, experiential exercises, readings, journaling, and videos to advance students' knowledge and skills. Students will also explore group leader and member roles through participation in an experiential group laboratory experience. Requires grade of B or higher for successful completion.
|Student Development Theory||3|
Course Number: CSP 868
Student Development is viewed as a life-long process that has impact on self as a person develops their intellectual, ethical, and operational maturity. The course will cover the development of a human from Birth to Death and discuss the issues which arise with each stage in a person's life. The course focuses on theories, strategies, assessment and case demonstrations to prepare the student affairs and/or professional counselor to work with students or clients in a wide variety of settings. One focus of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to post-secondary student development theory. The course will cover a multitude of aspects concerning student development theory. Scholarly skills in the areas of research, critical evaluation, and writing will also be emphasized. This course will utilize the internet to a high degree for research, presentation of materials, group interaction, and testing.
|Foundations of Student Affairs||3|
Course Number: CSP 869P
The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the organization and structure of student affairs programs in American higher education setting. The course will cover the history of the students affairs profession, the development of specific functions within the field of student affairs, and the relation to and integration of those functions into the educational mission of higher education institutions. Scholarly skills in the areas of research, critical evaluation, and writing will also be emphasized.
|Marriage and Family Counseling||3|
Course Number: CSP 870
Prereq: CSP 855 or by permission of the department The purpose of the course is to orient students to the theories of family counseling and the interrelationship of development to the dynamics of the family system. The purpose of this course is to provide future counselors the history, process, and theoretical constructs of systemic therapeutic approaches to working with families. Students will be able to identify various theories (i.e., Structural, Strategic, Milan, Psychodynamic, Experiential, Solution Focused, Social Construction, and Narrative Family Therapy). The challenges of working with families in a therapeutic manner are considered whether in the role as a school counselor, community counselor, or student affairs personnel. Gender roles as well as consideration for multicultural patterns and larger society concerns that impact normal family development are studied.
|Career and Lifestyle Development||3|
Course Number: CSP 875
Career development is viewed as a life-long process that has impact on self, significant others, career choice, leisure pursuits and geographical location. The course focuses on theories, strategies, assessment and case demonstrations to prepare the professional counselor to work with clients in school, agency, college settings and business. This course is also designed to emphasize the interrelationship of career counseling with other types of mental health counseling. This course will utilize the internet to a high degree for research, presentation of materials, group interaction, and testing.
|Practicum in Counseling and Guidance||3|
Course Number: CSP 885
Prereq: CSP 855 and CSP 865 and admission to candidacy and adviser approval OR by special permission of the Counselor Education Committee Practicum requires extensive time for direct counseling experience, self-evaluation, critical interaction with other students, and critiquing of taped interviews with the practicum supervisor. The practicum setting is designated by the program: Community, Elementary, Secondary School, Student Affairs. Other settings are available by prior arrangement. Requires grade of B or higher for successful completion.
|Internship in Student Affairs||1-3|
Course Number: CSP 895
Prereq: CSP 864 This course provides direct experience working in the student affairs profession under the supervision of a person with expertise in a particular facet of student affairs in the college/ university environment. Requires grade of B or higher for successful completion.
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $302.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $354.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $906.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1062.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $425.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $477.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1275.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1431.75
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The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
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