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Southern Arkansas University

Masters in College Counseling and Student Affairs
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SAU is among the most affordable universities in the nation.
$ 100
Average savings per semester compared to graduate tuition in neighboring states

Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

About College Counseling and Student Affairs

Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Affairs

Research (3 credit hours)
COUN 6083 Research and Program Evaluation
Core Courses (27 credit hours)
COUN 6403 Introduction to the Counseling Profession
COUN 6413 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUN 6423 Counseling Theories
COUN 6433 Basic Counseling Skills
COUN 6443 Group Counseling
COUN 6453 Human Development for Helping Professionals
COUN 6463 Career Counseling: Theory and Practice
COUN 6473 Counseling in a Diverse Society
COUN 6483 Assessment Procedures for Counselors
College Counseling and Student Affairs
(12 credit hours)
COUN 6843 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education
COUN 6853 Student Affairs Theory and Practice
COUN 6873 Organization and Administration of Student Affairs Services
COUN 6943 Counseling in Higher Education
Field Experience (9 credit hours)
COUN 6493 Practicum in Counseling
COUN 6883 Internship I in College Counseling & Student Affairs
COUN 6893 Internship II in College Counseling & Student Affairs


Counseling and Professional Studies / College of Education

Hours Required: 51
Categories: Graduate
Completion Time: 3 years *

* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer

The purpose of the M.Ed. in College Counseling and Student Affairs is to prepare individuals for professional counseling and administrative positions in student services departments at a college or university. Potential places of employment for graduates of this program include; residence  life and student housing, admissions and student orientation, financial aid, college unions, student activities, recreational sports, individual and group advising, career services, general student services, and other student and academic support programs. The curricular focus emphasizes student development theory and practice, the development of leadership management and organizational development skills, and practical aspects of practice (practicum and internship).

Applicants to the M.Ed. in College Counseling and Student Affairs are required to submit a letter of application prior to admission to the program.

Practicum and Internship

Learning Goals

  1. Our graduates can communicate effectively.
  2. Our graduates are prepared to be personally and socially responsible citizens.
  3. Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
  4. Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
  5. Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful.

Program Contact

Dr. Alec Testa

What our students say

About SAU

Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.

Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.

Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.

Southern Arkansas University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. All Rights Reserved.
100 E. University, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753-5000 Telephone: (870) 235-4000