Student Affairs Counseling

Our Student Affairs Counseling Program Allows You To:

  • Work effectively in a variety of higher education settings such as student services, residential life, academic advisement, and higher education administration.

Master of Science in Student Affairs Counseling

The student affairs professional practice program of 54 semester credits prepares students to work on college and university campuses in positions that require counseling background, knowledge of college student development, and skill in program design and implementation. Completion of the student affairs professional practice program leads to the degree of Master of Science in Student Affairs Counseling.

Program Requirements

Program requirements include clinical and specialty courses, as well as the core curriculum. The program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, up to the point of internship when a full-time commitment is generally required. A 600-hour internship in a college setting is required.

Program Prerequisite Curricular Experiences

This program requires the applicant to have twelve undergraduate credits in psychology, human services, education, or closely related areas with specific course work in research, social and cultural foundations, human development across the life span, statistics, and computers. Each program applicant will be evaluated individually to determine which undergraduate course work may be credited toward these prerequisites.

Course Sequence

Upon acceptance into the program, each student is assigned an advisor who advises the student to select courses that fit the student's program. Courses in the counseling programs are planned to give a balanced selection of academic and experiential education and to encourage each student to achieve maximum professional competence. Academic and professional development evaluations are made of all students each semester to ensure ongoing professional growth.

1 + 1 Option in Counseling

Complete a Masters degree in Student Affairs Counseling, then apply to school counseling, and upon acceptance, proceed to qualify for a Certification of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Counseling.

This unique Counselor Education Department M.S. to C.A.S. option permits the candidate to qualify for two professional specialties. Upon completion of a Master of Science in Student Affairs Counseling, the student can then become eligible for certification as a New York State School Counselor upon completion of the school counselor program.

Contact Information

For more information about the student affairs counseling program please contact

Julia Davis, Coordinator
Office: Ward Hall 106A
Phone: (518) 564-4179
Email: jdavi004@plattsburgh.edu