Master of Science

Counselor Education

Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education

Enhance the Student Experience. 

Share your passion for the college experience by working with college students to help them get the most from their educational experience. With CCSU’s MS in Counselor Education: Student Development in Higher Education program, you’ll learn the foundations of the field of student affairs/services with an emphasis on student development, counseling, and utilizing a social justice framework.  

A theory to practice model is used to develop practical skills to be successful in working with college students. Open the door to developing a career in: 

  • Residence Life  
  • Academic Advising  
  • Career Services  
  • Learning Centers  
  • Student Activities  
  • Tutoring  
  • First Generation Centers  
  • Multicultural/Inter-cultural Centers 

Program Features

  • Starts every May 
  • 42-credit program 
  • Attend full- or part-time 
  • Classes on-campus and online 
  • Extensive internship program 
  • Scholarship opportunities 
  • Financial aid is available 
  • No GMAT/GRE required 


- Christie, MS

The education and academic knowledge I received from this program has helped me tremendously in the higher education field.  I utilize my counseling techniques and skills, student development knowledge, law and policy background, research and assessment education, and my multicultural competence every day.

- Christie, MS

What You'll Gain

  • Knowledge of the psychological and cultural development of college students  
  • Skills to navigate research and evaluate programs geared toward college students  
  • Understanding of the theory, practice, and ethical standards of student development in higher education  
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals across diverse cultural, geographic, socio-economic, personal, and other backgrounds  
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws pertaining to student affairs/services and the responsible management of colleges and universities  
  • Real-world experience to develop and enhance your counseling and advising skills