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Student Development in Higher Education

Master of Science in Counseling, Option in Student Development in Higher Education

51-57 units


Advising

Prospective students should seek advising from the Graduate Studies Office.

Applying to the Program

Fall 2018 Deadline: January 15, 2018*

Application Process

Application Packet »

* Please note that January 15, 2018 is a holiday. Program application materials must be submitted by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5PM. Postmarked applications will NOT be accepted. 

Information Sessions

SDHE Info Sessions

Fri, Dec 15, 2017 3:30pm Anatol Center (AS Building, Room 119)

Graduate Programs General Info Sessions

Fri, Dec 1, 2017 3:30pm EED Building, Check-In in the Lobby
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 3:30pm EED Building, Check-In in the Lobby

Program Overview

Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) is a unique field of professional practice in U.S. higher education. The field attracts those who are interested in post secondary education career opportunities, both in- and outside the classroom. The profession is focused on student-centered learning, drawing upon an established and growing body of research, based in traditional disciplines, emerging theoretical perspectives, and principles of human diversity and potential. The SDHE program seeks to develop reflective, scholar-practitioners with an understanding of  

  • The multiple needs of college students
  • The interaction of the learners with the college environment
  • Learning styles
  • Diversity and multicultural issues
  • Program development
  • The use of developmental and counseling theory in assisting students
  • The role of the student development educator in collaborative relationships with faculty and others to support the holistic development of students
  • Assessment and evaluation

Graduates of the program enter the profession able to apply theory to practice and to integrate research using the tenets of counseling, student development, administration, leadership, and multicultural issues in education. Our graduates assume positions in two- and four-year colleges and related institutions. Typical offices of employment include: leadership development, financial aid, career counseling, student activities, residential life, educational opportunity, mentoring, academic advising, orientation, and learning communities.

Employment Outlook, Earnings, and Other Information

The field of postsecondary administration is growing at an average pace. For more inormation about careers in higher education, including required knowledge and skills, working conditions, and earnings, consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

SDHE Student Organization: Association of Professionals in Student Affairs

APSA is the student organization for SDHE students. The members participate in academic, professional, and leadership development activities with the faculty, alumni, and CSULB community.

Cynthia S. Johnson Endowment

Aligned with the mission of the SDHE program, the Cynthia S. Johnson Endowment promotes progressive social change in higher education by nurturing a community of scholar practitioners, providing them with opportunities to reflect on their practice, and engage with colleagues who are committed to advancing student access, equity, and success for first generation students and those from under-resourced communities across a diverse, multicultural landscape.

Explore the website to learn more about events and opportunities as well as how to contribute to the Endowment »

last updated — Sep 29, 2017