Counseling, College Student Personnel, MS

The College Student Personnel emphasis provides preparation for students who plan to work as student affairs educators in colleges, universities, or community colleges.

What Will I Learn?

This program is a careful balance of theory with practice. Our mission is to prepare highly effective professional practitioners who are ethical and culturally competent. We emphasize development of the whole person by grounding learners in current research, direct experience, personal development and social equity. Graduates possess a strong identity as counselors and student affairs professionals.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Our students find success during their studies and in employment consistent with their training and preparation because of:

  • Quality experience through field classes, professional organizations and conferences and research
  • Small classes and personalized attention from faculty
  • Involvement with Growing Edges Community Counseling Clinic, a clinic on campus that is the only program of its kind in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

You are expected to complete three internships (3 credits each) across three semesters for a total of 700 hours of practical experience. Sites are chosen in conjunction with an academic advisor.

Casey Norton posing with Shippensburg University mascot Big Red

Meet Casey Norton

“If you are someone looking to learn more about yourself, as well as the people around you, be willing to be vulnerable. Don't be afraid to share your story and be 100 percent you. This program supports everyone and their unique and beautiful stories.”

How Casey Found Success at Ship

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

The college student personnel concentration provides preparation for students who plan to work as student affairs educators and clinical counselors in colleges or universities.


Counseling, College Student Personnel Concentration, M.S. Degree Plan

Full-Time (48 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Summer Term: 6 Credits


Second Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Third Year

Fall Semester: 6 Credits

  • ​CNS Elective Credits: 3  
  • CNS Leadership Elective Credits: 3


Planning Notes for all students:

  1. 48 total credits required
  2. Students can begin in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.
  3. Students can take elective courses in any semester or term.  Electives are selected with approval of advisor.
  4. Students can take core courses in any semester or term.
  5. The above sequence is for illustrative purposes only. Students can tailor their program to their individual needs.