College of Education2014-2015

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 desire for inspiring students to achieve career and life goals, and want to do so in a higher-education setting, earning a degree in student affairs counseling is the next step. Counseling is a good foundation for a profession in student affairs and you’ll be prepared for a job in student affairs at a college or university.
While courses focus on teaching and learning, innovation and technology, college student development, counseling, leadership, and diversity, you’ll also find opportunities to learn valuable skills through theory to practice opportunities in fieldwork, practicum, and intership in student affairs departments on campus. 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:

Entry and mid-level position on college and university campuses in:

  • Residence Life, student life, health, dining, recreation, career
  • Financial Aid
  • Admissions, orientation
  • Registrar
  • Athletics
  • Advising
  • International education, multicultural education
  • Disability services
  • Student activities
  • Development


With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Dean of Students
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Director of Student Affairs (residence life, student life, health, dining, recreation, career, financial aid, admissions, orientation, registrar, athletics, advising, international education, multicultural education, disability services, student activities, development)
  • Faculty in a College of Education
  • Residence Life
  • Counseling Psychologist in a university counseling center

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
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
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  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test required if GPA is under 3.0
    • 3 letters of recommendation; with at least two from faculty
    • Responses to specific essay questions
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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