College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Psychology

Counseling - Student Affairs, Master of Education

This plan is appropriate if you are seeking graduate preparation in counseling with a specialization in student affairs within higher education.
Our plan is built on the philosophy that counseling is a foundation for student affairs work. When you complete this program, you are prepared for professional roles in student affairs positions in higher education.
This plan meets the CAS standards for professional preparation programs in student affairs and the coursework requirement for the national counselor certification of the National Board of Certified Counselors.


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Counseling - Student Affairs?

If you have a knack for inspiring students to set and achieve career and life goals, and want to do so in a higher-education setting, earning a degree in counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs is the next step. Counseling is the foundation for a profession in student affairs and you’ll be prepared for a job in student services at a college or university.
While courses focus on teaching and learning, innovation and technology, leadership, and diversity, you’ll also find opportunities to learn valuable skills through fieldwork, including the department’s relationship with the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. If you’re seeking an assistantship, they are available in departments like Residence Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Life, Recreation Services, Academic Advising, and Academic Support. The program meets Council for the Advancement of Standards guidelines for student affairs preparation programs and the counseling courses meet Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs standards.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • University Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Career counselor
  • Student activities
  • Residence Life

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 48


Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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