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Master of Science in Counseling & Student Affairs

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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Counseling and Student Affairs (CNSA) program is to prepare highly skilled counselors and student affairs professional who are knowledgeable in human development and counseling theory. Students are prepared for careers as professional clinical mental health providers, school counselors, student affairs professionals, and college counselors. The program allows students the opportunity to discover their passions and prepare students to have strong counseling skills, writing skills, and sense of professionalism. The CNSA program primarily serves residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota with the versatility to understand other cultures and worldviews.

    Vision Statement 

    The Counseling and Student Affairs program will be a welcoming educational community that places high expectations upon its students by offering rigorous courses of study that comply with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  The Counseling and Student Affairs program encourages innovative and intellectual growth through close student-faculty mentorship, offering opportunities for continual growth and professional development. 

    Core Values

    • Compassion in all we do
    • Responsibility to our students, clients, and community
    • Holistic belief in a diverse and inclusive world
    • Continuing engagement and education in each respective field
    • Creation of strong and ongoing relationships

    MSUM's Institutional Mission, Values, Vision, and Strategic Priorities

    Benefits of MSUM's CNSA Program

    • Prestigious Accreditation: The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) ensures our program meets professionally approved standards.
    • Excellent Preparation: Our CNSA graduates have 100 percent passing rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
    • Real-world Experience: Fine-tune your counseling skills at MSUM’s Community Outreach Center.
    • Job Placement: Employment of student affairs and counseling (varies by specialty) professionals is expanding by 12-29 percent, which is as fast as average and much faster than average for all occupations through 2022 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15). Our CNSA students have 100 percent placement in related employment to student affairs and counseling.
    • Evening Classes: All courses are delivered from either 4:30-7:00pm or 7:15-9:45pm to accommodate working students; many are hybrid delivery (combination of online and face-to-face classroom learning). The program can be completed in two (full-time) to five years. 
    • Advisement: New students receive one-on-one help in class preparation and course planning from a Graduate Peer Advisor.