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Masters Program in College Student Personnel

Join us at our open house to learn more about our graduate program!


November 6th at 7pm

In the Multicultural Center: Hardge Forum


Program Description

The Master of Science degree program in College Student Personnel (CSP) is offered through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDF). The CSP program prepares students for entry-level positions in college and university settings and for careers as advisors, coordinators, directors, and deans at institutions of higher education throughout the country.

The program is designed in accordance with the guidelines established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Full- and part-time programs of study are available for students' convenience; most courses are offered in late afternoon or early evening in Kingston.

Please explore the links to the right to learn more about the program.


The mission of the College Student Personnel program is to prepare reflective practitioners for professional careers in student affairs.


Our vision is to engage one another in an extended community of co-learning relationships that inspire optimal development and promote growth in leadership, all based on creating and sustaining the best practices in college student personnel preparation and professional work.


The values foundational to our program are a blend of not only those historically associated with a student personnel point of view but also those reflective of the dynamic nature of higher education. Qualities and behaviors that we value include honoring each person's uniqueness and potential, mutual respect and trust, social justice and equity, integrity, ethical behavior, servant leadership, collaboration, freedom to take risks, constructive conflict, and change.


Our basic assumptions and beliefs include the following:
  • The wholistic development and learning of adults participating in higher education need to be considered in sociohistoric and systemic contexts.
  • Student affairs practitioners assist people in realizing their unique potentials not only for the betterment of self but also the enrichment of society.
  • Meaningful relationships that promote both individual and societal transformation are enhanced when they occur in multicultural communities that embrace and respond effectively to a diversity of people, ideas, and processes.
  • Human development and learning are life-long processes.
  • Communities develop in dynamic, systemic contexts.
  • As collaborative partners in the educational process, student affairs practitioners have positive effects on the learning and development on individuals as well as communities through the intentional uses and creative applications of theory-assessment/research-practice cycles.
  • Preparing people to serve as professionals in college student affairs requires an intricate blending of awareness, knowledge, and skills related to human development; individual and group interventions; organizational development; leadership; cultural competence; and assessment, evaluation, and research.




1. Demonstrates knowledge of information, practices and theories mandated by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for those seeking master’s-level professional work in student affairs.

1.1  Applies knowledge to the design of programs, services, practices or policies.

1.2  Integrates knowledge to analyze the impact of programs, services, practices or policies.

1.3  Applies research knowledge to assessment and evaluation practices.


 2. Integrates perspectives of reflective, developmental, learning-centered student affairs practitioners.

2.1  Articulates a professional philosophy grounded in appropriate literature.

2.2  Appraises realistically professional competencies in the context of practice.

2.3  Demonstrates commitment to evidence-based practice grounded in research.


3. Demonstrates skills grounded in student affairs knowledge and perspectives.

3.1  Demonstrates effective oral communication in both individually-based and group contexts.

3.2  Demonstrates effective written communication, including appropriate use of APA Style®.

3.3  Implements assessment and evaluation linked to practice in college student affairs or a closely-related setting.





Quinn Hall, Room 220
Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: (401) 874-2260 or 874-4917
Fax: (401) 874-4035


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