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

Admissions requirements

  • Four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from an institutionally accredited (U.S.) or recognized (international) college or university
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • One year minimum full-time work experience in student/academic affairs or related field. Extensive experience comparable to one year of full-time experience (e.g., paraprofessional work) may satisfy this requirement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An understanding of and commitment to a career in the field of student affairs
  • A passing TOEFL score for international students
  • Writing sample

The GRE is not required for admission or assistantships.

Qualifications for admissions are determined by both the OSU Graduate School and the program. Visit the OSU Graduate School website to review the minimum admissions requirements.

When to apply

You can apply and be admitted any term.

We recommend that you apply at least 30 days before the beginning of the term in which you plan to start the CSSA master’s program or graduate certificate. This allows time for application review, processing and to ensure you get going smoothly.

How to apply

To apply to the OSU Graduate School and one of the CSSA graduate programs, go to the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. Log in or click on "create new account" to begin the application process.

The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

In addition to application materials required by the OSU Graduate School, you’ll need to submit a writing sample and two references. These individuals will be contacted directly by the OSU Graduate School and asked to independently to write and upload reference letters.

Note: Although the OSU Graduate School application is submitted online electronically – and all of the documentation (scores, transcripts, etc.) can be uploaded as attachments – some students may choose to mail their documentation. (You DO NOT have to mail AND upload your documents.)

Accompanying materials can be mailed to:

Graduate School
Heckart Lodge
2900 SW Jefferson Way
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-2121


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