Fall 2018 MA in Student Affairs Students

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Degree options 

Master of Arts in Student Affairs  

36-credit program includes counseling and student affairs coursework as well as electives and 1-2 internships. Students may take electives in counseling, digital learning, and the MBA program. This degree prepares students to pursue a career in any student affairs area except positions in a counseling center that require a counseling degree and licensure.

Dual degree - MA in Student Affairs and MS in professional counseling

63-credit program prepares students to pursue licensure and work in a college counseling center, other areas of student affairs, and opportunities in professional counseling. Students complete one semester of practicum and two semesters of internship.  

Graduate Assistant Position

Paid graduate assistant positions are available in several student affairs, administrative, and academic departments on campus, typically including: Advancement, Athletics, Career Services, Center for Academic Achievement, College of Professional Studies, Dept of Psychology and Counseling, Honors Program, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Email the program chair for more information.

Job-search and Career-ready

You will engage in experiential learning throughout your program to prepare you for your internship and job search. Relevant course experiences include: 

  • informational interviews
  • student affairs consulting project
  • mini-conference poster session and mini-conference presentation session 

All designed to help you build your network, develop skills, and gain experience

Students also attend Carlow's Career Summit - a one-day internship/job search intensive program in which you will upgrade your resume, learn search strategies, and expand your professional network.

Social Justice and Relational Practice Foundation

Social justice is woven throughout our curriculum and is at the core of Carlow's mission. You will explore social justice issues and your role as an activist within higher education and beyond, through reflection, class project, and the mini-conference poster session.

In addition, throughout your Carlow studies you will explore student affairs as a relational practice. Growth-fostering interactions and relationships are the heart of student affairs work.

Internships with the MA in Student Affairs


Hear from Our Students

Hear From Our Students

Curriculum in the MA in Student Affairs


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“Knowing how to develop and engage in healthy growth-fostering relationships is essential for the student affairs practitioner. This pursuit is central to our master’s program. Mental health concerns are more prevalent than ever among college students. By situating this program in a psychology department we offer students a versatile set of tools and in-depth theoretical understanding to handle the range of challenges they will see.”

Harriet Schwartz, PhD, MA in Student Affairs program chair


 Loretta 4  Harriet Schwartz, director of the MA in Student Affairs program
Read MA in Student Affairs student Loretta Ellis's "Change the Way You Look at Things and the Things You Look at Change," published on NASPA's homepage.

 Read Dr. Harriet Schwartz's article Relational Practice: The Currency of Student Affairs on the St     udent Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) website. 
 Lauren Villella, MA in Student Affairs student  
Read MA in Student Affairs student Lauren Villella's post, The Student Newspaper: An Unexpected Pathway to Student Affairs on the NASPA blog.   

MA in Student Affairs Program Highlights

  • A 36-credit program
  • Part-time or full-time options 
  • Includes core courses, electives, internship, and an optional supervised research project
  • Dual degree option: MS in Professional Counseling
Students who wish to work in a college counseling center and/or pursue professional licensure to potentially work in other mental health settings or private practice are invited to pursue the dual degree option (63 credits). Earn your MA in Student Affairs and MS in Professional Counseling, complete with all coursework, practicum, and internship needed for licensure.

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