Graduate School : College Student Development

Alfred University's Master’s Degree in College Student Development is a student-centered, 48 hour program designed to meet ACPA and NASPA competencies. Students in the full-time option can complete the program in two years without any summer commitments. There is also a three-year part-time option.

Graduates of Alfred University’s College Student Development program can work in a variety of entry-level or mid-management student affairs positions, including those in:

  • Academic
  • Administrative
  • Residential Life
  • Leadership
  • Student Activities
  • and other aspects of Student Life


Comprehensive Curriculum

The College Student Development program at Alfred University emphasizes several foundational courses in student affairs and helping relationships as well as a number of specialization courses that make our program unique. Students will get a comprehensive overview of the wide range of specialties within the profession.

Course topics include:

  • Diversity & Social Justice
  • Legal Issues
  • Student-Development Theory
  • Leadership
  • Exceptional Students
  • Group Work
  • Assessment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Career Development
  • Practicum and Internship

Student-Centered Program

The College Student Development program emphasizes both the development of relationships between faculty and students as well as the relationships among students. The cohort model is particularly valued at Alfred that allows students to grow both personally and professionally throughout the entire learning experience. Alfred University student affairs staff is accessible and considered partners and collaborators in our program, so students have open-door access to practitioners as well as professors.

Practical Experiences

The College Student Development program incorporates valuable experience into each semester of training, starting with graduate assistantships in a variety of student affairs offices, and of course the practicum and internship experiences.

During the first year, second semester, students participate in a 100 hour practicum in a specific student affairs placement (either right here on Alfred’s campus or at neighboring institutions).

During the final year, students complete a 600 hour internship over the course of the fall and spring semesters, under the supervision of a student affairs professional. Each student is connected to a practicum or internship opportunity that reflects their professional interests and career path.

Affordable Graduate Study

All full-time students receive a graduate assistantship (GA) that reduces tuition by 50% in exchange for 7.5 hours of work per week, assigned by the program. Students may qualify for different and more competitive GA positions through the office of Residence Life, the Center for Student Involvement, or the department of Athletics.

Please contact Dr. Steve Byrne for more information on graduate assistantship opportunities.


College Student Development
College Student Development Handbook

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