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MS in College Counseling and Student Development St Cloud State University


Course info


The College Counseling and Student Development program will prepare you for work in a two-year or four-year college or university setting and develop a set of skills essential for a student services professional in higher education. You will learn the concepts and standards of the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, which are woven into the program so that you can integrate helping skills, student development theory, current research findings and practical application. Faculty and staff have broad educational and experiential backgrounds and will help you gain an understanding of working as a student services professional.

Plan A: Thesis exam requires 48 credits.

Plan B: Starred Paper and comprehensive exam requires 42 credits.

Program Highlights

  • Program combines courses in helping skills and student development theory with extensive experiential opportunities.
  • Real-world experience working with students built into the curriculum.
  • Strong focus on working with diverse student populations
  • Small classes and a cohort model support close relationships between students and faculty.
  • Program designed for both part-time and full-time students.
  • High percentage of students is offered graduate assistant positions in student and academic support offices across campus.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in College Counseling and Student Development.

Full Time (42-48 credits)

Tuition fees

$12,444.00 (9,17,950) per year


26 Aug, 24 Aug


School of Health and Human Services

Brown Hall 215,

720 4th Avenue South,



56301, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant must meet one of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work.
  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work.

An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

English Language Requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based exam with no sub score below 17, or a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based exam.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Test only; General Training test not accepted)
  • A score of 57 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (pilot project.)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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