Credits required
54 or 18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 54 or 18 quarter credits are equal to 36 or 12 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$571 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration – Online

Facilitate transformative learning experiences

If you’re passionate about creating an enriching experience for college students while advancing or building a career in student services, then earning your Master of Education degree or a Graduate Certificate in College Student Services Administration online from Oregon State University will help you make an impact.

The CSSA program is ideal for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is beginning, advancing or transfering into a career in student services.

These programs will equip you with the skills needed to thrive in a variety of postsecondary education settings, including student affairs, student support services, student government and activities, residence life programs, career services and general student advising and academic support.

Ali Duerfeldt, Oregon State CSSA graduate

“The CSSA program prepared me to serve diverse students in higher education. Through research and practical application, I am better equipped to facilitate transformational learning experiences for students in our global society.” – Ali Duerfeldt, Oregon State CSSA graduate

Rooted in social justice

On a college campus, supporting the diversity of students’ lives is key to student success. Part of the core responsibility of student services professionals is to work with the life condition of the student that comes to them.

To meet those needs, every aspect of these two graduate-level CSSA programs is rooted in social justice, setting a framework for you to deliver equitable and accessible student services programs and services, promote student learning, facilitate community development and lead response to emerging campus issues.

Faculty practitioners

All classes in the 54-credit master’s program and the 18-credit graduate certificate are taught by experienced faculty who are highly respected student services professionals. They are passionate about promoting social justice and creating equitable and successful environments.

A rich history in an innovative online format

Celebrating more than 50 years of providing meaningful educational experiences, Oregon State’s CSSA programs use real-world scenarios to connect the theory to the practice. All classes emphasize cultivating knowledge and skills that you will demonstrate at the end of the program through a capstone project.

The CSSA Ecampus online programs feature the same curriculum as OSU’s successful on-campus program, with an added level of flexibility for you to maintain your life’s commitments while advancing toward your career aspirations.


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