Curriculum: Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration – Online

The 54-credit College Student Services Administration (CSSA) master’s program takes a student-centered approach by “flipping” the classroom and allowing you and your fellow Ecampus students to bring a wide range of experiences to the table to guide the learning process.

  • Major core
  • Elective courses
  • Area of specialization or minor
  • Internship
  • Capstone/portfolio

Core courses

  • Transition to CSSA and Social Justice
  • Internship in College Student Services
  • History of Higher Education
  • Programs and Functions in College Student Services
  • Principles and Theories of Student Development, I
  • Principles and Theories of Student Development, II
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Professional Development in College Student Services Administration
  • Organization and Administration of College Student Services
  • Budget and Finance
  • Multicultural Issues in Higher Education
  • Research & Assessment in Higher Education
  • Fundamentals of Counseling


Elective credits may be within CSSA or in another academic department.

Area of specialization or minor option

You can choose to select an area of specialization (functional area, topical area, etc.) to enhance your learning experience. You can also choose to pursue a 15-credit minor with course work within or outside of the CSSA department. Your major professor will guide you in selecting the most appropriate and meaningful option for you.


You will participate in experiential learning opportunities, including an internship or practicum with an organization that matches your career goals, allowing you to apply your academic experiences to practical real-world settings.

Whether you’re interested in working with a local community service agency, a community college or other student services organization, this hands-on learning opportunity will provide you with experiences that will prepare you be successful in your current or future career. 


You will complete and present your capstone portfolio during the final year of the program. The purpose is to demonstrate your knowledge and skills obtained through your courses and experiential learning opportunities.

Program competencies

  • Knowledge and understanding of higher education and student affairs
  • Professional skills and organizational management
  • Knowledge and understanding of student populations and student development
  • Delivery of student services
  • The developing professional

This is not a licensure program

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.


Request information