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2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling and Personnel Services (Student Affairs Administration), M.Ed.

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Students may choose to earn a Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Counseling and Personnel Services. The Student Affairs Administration emphasis is designed to prepare graduates for career opportunities in colleges, community colleges, and universities.


  Required Criteria Supplementary Criteria*
  GRE official scores interview
  GPA on undergraduate graduate work other official standardized test scores
  three letters of recommendation** writing sample
  a letter of interest and professional goals  
  2-page belief statement regarding Student Affairs  
  2-page essay regarding a current critical issue facing higher education and/or student affairs
  TOEFL scores, if International  

*Supplementary materials may be submitted at the student’s discretion or may be requested by the admissions committee.

**Letters should be from persons familiar with the student’s academic ability and/or student affairs administration experience and who can address the applicant’s ability to conduct graduate work.

Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Plan of Study. During the first semester, students will schedule a program planning meeting with their assigned advisor. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the continuous enrollment and time limitation requirements specified in this Bulletin.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All faculty holding regular or associate graduate faculty status, must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduateschool. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy or training information.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam will be given at or near the conclusion of coursework.


To complete the master’s degree, students must

  1. maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average,
  2. complete all coursework,
  3. have satisfactory performance in the practica in student affairs,
  4. pass the comprehensive exam, and
  5. earn no more than one grade of C or below in any course.

M.Ed. requirements (33 hours)

College Student Personnel Minor

Doctoral or master’s level students may elect to take a minor in student affairs administration. The objectives of the minor are to provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of student affairs administration, student development, student diversity, and current issues and trends.

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