About Us

Thank you for visiting the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel webpages. Tucked in among lots and lots of programs offered at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania you have located our webpages – which we earnestly hope will fill a wide variety of needs!

Following the links here you will find information for prospective students, information for curious applicants, and information for our students – early in the program of their matriculation, those readying to graduate, and even for those who already have received their Masters but are continuing their education with us.

As the Department Chair and a professor who has been a member of this Department since the summer of 1998, I have witnessed and been a part of lots of changes in the education of counselors and student affairs professionals. Our Department is exceptionally proud of our 50+ year history of preparing professionals to fill an ever-burgeoning need in society – An advanced degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel is both a prudent career investment and an incredibly fulfilling experience in professional and personal growth and development.

Welcome. I hope that you will find here what you are looking for. Not only in terms of navigating our newly designed ship.edu/counsel website, but also in motivating you onward in your pursuit of a Master’s degree from Shippensburg University that we believe is second to no other. I welcome you to contact the Department if there are any questions you are left with after your virtual visit with us.

Most sincerely,

Kurts Signature

Dr. Kurt L. Kraus, NCC, ACS, LPC

Professor and Chair

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel, as an entity of Shippensburg University, its Graduate School, and the College of Education, is to develop students' academic and personal potential through a comprehensive counselor education program for graduate counseling and college student personnel students and through multi-faceted counseling services for all university students.

The Department's mission integrates the principles of a meaningful learning environment, professionalism, and individual responsibility. It strives to be a respected leader in the promotion of dignity, acceptance, and collaboration within the Shippensburg University campus environment.

Specifically, it seeks to graduate highly skilled practitioners in counseling and college student personnel by utilizing experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere of intellectual, investigative, and creative scholarly curiosity. The Department nurtures students to become congruent lifelong learners, noble practitioners, and leaders in their profession. Through authentic relationships with invested faculty who model intentional practice based firmly in theory and cultural advocacy, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be purposeful, effective practitioners, with a strong sense of personal and professional identity.