Counseling - Student Affairs, Master of Education

Program Description

Our program meets Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) guidelines for student affairs preparation programs.

We have a vibrant student affairs division that offers assistantships in units such as:

  • residence life
  • multicultural affairs
  • student life
  • recreation services
  • center for international education
  • athletics
  • academic advising
For more information and to apply for a Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship, please visit our Graduate Assistantships page.

Application Due Date

The M.Ed. Counseling - Student Affairs program is only at our Flagstaff location

  • Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made twice* each year for the program.
  • Depending on your planned submission date, all application materials must be received by one of the two due dates (February 15 or August 1*).
  • Applications will be reviewed and admission notifications are sent to students by approximately April 1 or August 15
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his or her application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.
*The second admission date is dependent upon the number of applicants admitted from the first deadline.

Mission and Goals

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Mission Statement

Our program prepares graduate students for careers in higher education by combining the foundational principles of counseling and student development with college impact research.

We strive to educate graduate students to be globally aware and multiculturally competent, and who will lead in 21st Century higher education.

Program Goals

This program emphasizes a counseling foundation for preparing college student affairs personnel to foster student development, and to prepare student affairs professionals for employment within institutions of higher education.

The goal of the training program is to prepare college student professionals in the following areas through classroom instruction, fieldwork experience, practica, and internships:

  • human growth and development
  • social and cultural foundations
  • helping relationships
  • group work
  • career and lifestyle development
  • appraisal
  • research and program evaluation
  • professional orientation

Additionally, curricular experiences are provided in:

  • foundations of student affairs practice and theory in higher education
  • contextual dimensions: student affairs practice in higher education
  • knowledge and skills for the practice of student affairs in higher education
  • internship

Cohorts and Mentors

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You’ll enter our program with a small group of other students who share your interest in student affairs and higher education. Your cohort is a useful and needed source of support, entertainment, and friendship during your studies.

Your cohort also gives you a strong social network as you begin your career in the student affairs profession.

Our students are very active with internships and other projects. We encourage you to take a look at what some of our students are involved with and please let us know if you have any questions.

Mentoring Program

As a new student, you’ll be assigned a mentor. Mentors are continuing students or alumni who will help you adjust to the program.

Mentor partnerships are assigned a few weeks prior to the start of the term. Mentor partners meet at least four times per semester.

You can meet for coffee or lunch with your assigned mentor during the fall and spring semesters. You’re encouraged to come up with questions for your mentor; your mentor can provide useful tips and insights based on his/her own experiences. 

Program Policies

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  • GRE revised General Test is required for admission consideration if GPA is under 3.0
  • Student Affairs Students will complete 40 hours of Practicum, 300 hours of Fieldwork, and a 200 hour Internship as part of their program.
  • Credit transfer and GPA policies: Visit the GraduateCollege website for more information about these policies. 

Program of Studies

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Please review the online catalog for selected graduate courses where prerequisites are required. Please check with the department or a faculty adviser if you have any questions regarding prerequisites.

Program of Study

The program of study is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation. You should complete the program of study with your adviser during the first semester of graduate work.

The original, signed program of study should be given to the Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.

Amendments to your program of study can be made with your adviser’s approval.

The time line policy for completing a Masters degree can be viewed online through the Graduate College.

Related Forms

EPS Course Offerings by Semester

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Counseling - Student Affairs, Master of Education Program of Studies - CURRENT

Program of Studies Worksheet 

Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure Guidelines 

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Students in this master's program should follow the professional code of ethics and certification guidelines established by the following organizations:

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
American College Personnel Association
National Board for Certified Counselors
American Counseling Association 

Counseling - Student Affairs Faculty

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Dr. Eugene Moan, Professor
Phone: 928-523-9604
Dr. E. Moan Bio

Cindy Payne, Instructor

Dr. Timothy Thomason, Professor
Phone: 928-523-1341
Dr. T. Thomason Bio