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Counseling & Student Affairs

  • The MSUM Counseling & Student Affairs (CNSA) program emphasizes the integration of counseling and developmental theories with interpersonal skill development. It has a generalist orientation, but can be individualized to meet each student’s needs. The program provides extensive practical experience through a practicum and internship. It can be complete full-time (maintaining 6-9 credits per semester) in two years or part time students have up to five years. Through the program, students develop core helping skills and engage in concentrated study in one of three degree emphases, each of which has specialized accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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  • Benefits of an MSUM CNSA Degree
    The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) ensures our program meets professionally approved standards.
    Our CNSA graduates have 100 percent passing rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
    Fine-tune your counseling skills at MSUM’s Community Outreach Center.
    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).
    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).
    New students receive one-on-one help in class preparation and course planning from a Graduate Peer Advisor.
  • Counseling & Student Affairs News
    • CNSA adds Addiction Counseling certificate program
    • Counseling and Student Affairs students pass National Counselor Exam
      The Counseling and Student Affairs program had 100% pass rate for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for the Fall 2017 […]
    • Drs. Dosch, Paul lead study abroad course in Dominican Republic
      Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study […]
    • Dr. Lisa Karch presents at ACES Community Summit
      The Clay County Collaborative hosted an Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) community gathering in Moorhead on Monday, March 6. Dr. […]
    • Dr. Mugi, Dr. Paul lead discussion on international student connections with faculty, student services
      Dr. Charles Mugi, Psychology Department, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs program, were invited to lead a discussion: […]
    • Master your future with a graduate degree
      Application deadlines nearing for campus-based programs By Lexi Byler MSUM’s 12 graduate degrees, licensures and certificates can easily accommodate work, […]
    • Master your future with a graduate degree
    • Dr. Coquyt, Dr. Swaggert, Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Karch Present at Minnesota Rural Education Association Conference
      Dr. Mike Coquyt and Dr. Julie Swaggert presented on, “Teacher Leadership: Maximize Your Human Capital” (Different Complimentary Roles and Distributive […]
    • CNSA Inducts Sixteen Students into Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society
      On Wednesday evening the Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society held their 7th Annual Initiation Ceremony. Sixteen students, Abby Veno, Tristen […]
    • CNSA Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Present at Conference
      The Counseling and Student Affairs program’s Dr. David Paul, Program Coordinator, and Leah Trontvet, Graduate Student, presented “Studying Abroad: Graduate […]
    • Counseling and Student Affairs Faculty Present at Regional Conference
      Dr. Ken Messina, Dr. Lisa Karch, and Dr. David Paul recently presented at the North Central Association of Counselor Education […]
    • Counseling and Student Affairs Faculty Member, Student Selected for International Committee
      Dr. Ken Messina and CNSA graduate student Meagan Pittelko were recently named to the conference committee for the International Association […]
    • Trontvet Appointed to MCPA Board of Directors
      Leah Trontvet, a Counseling and Student Affairs (CNSA) graduate student, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the […]
    • Study Abroad: Dominican Republic Spring 2017
      Join us for an information session to learn how you can earn three credits while being immersed into the culture, […]
    • Professional Development Series: Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor
      Tuesday, Oct. 25 | 5 p.m. | Lommen 104 Please join the licensing coordinators from the Minnesota State Board of […]
    • Counseling and Student Affairs’ Community Outreach Center Promoted on 1100 AM
      The Counseling and Student Affairs’ Community Outreach Center will be promoted on 1100 AM’s morning show between 6 and 9 a.m. on […]
    • Dr. Paul Invited to Speak at ND Behavior Health Conference
      Dr. David Paul, the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor and in the Counseling and Student Affairs program in the Graduate […]
    • Faculty, Students Return from Study Abroad Trip to Peru
      Five faculty — Mary Dosch, Janelle Miedema, David Paul, Vicki Riedinger, and Lisa Stewart — just returned from a leading […]
    • Counseling & Student Affairs Program Ranked No. 10 on National List has identified MSUM as having one of the best master’s degrees in student affairs and college counseling. MSUM ranked […]
    • Paul Appointed to Fargo-Moorhead Pride Collective Board of Directors
      Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs program, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at the Fargo-Moorhead Pride […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    MSU Moorhead Counseling & Student Affairs graduates have 100 percent placement in related employment to student affairs and counseling.
    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    Enrich your life! Take advantage of a robust and varied schedule of activities from arts to lectures and readings. Whether your interests are social or recreational there is a place for you at MSUM.

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