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
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Graduate Certificate in College Student Services Administration – Online

Certificate curriculum

As a student pursuing a Graduate Certificate in College Student Services Administration online with Oregon State, you’ll learn from OSU faculty who have decades of experience in research, globalization, higher education, social justice, international affairs and cultural appropriation.

The coursework in this 18-credit program is designed to enhance the core knowledge and skills for higher ed professionals and aspiring professionals who want to strengthen their professional practice in the arena of student services.

For curriculum details and more certificate information, please visit Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Required courses (9 credits)

  • CSSA 520 – Multicultural Issues in Higher Education (3)
  • CSSA 552 – Principles and Theories of Student Development (3)
  • CSSA 558 – Organization and Administration of College Student Services (3)

Elective courses (9 credits)

Choose from these electives for a total of 9 credits to fulfill the program’s 18-credit minimum.

  • CSSA 510 – Internship in College Student Services (3)
  • CSSA 535 – Tragedy and Crisis Management in Higher Education (3)
  • CSSA 548 – American Higher Education (3)
  • CSSA 549 – Globalization in Higher Education (3)
  • CSSA 560 – Foundations of Social Justice (3)
  • CSSA 575 – Introduction to Community Colleges (3)
  • CSSA 599 – Special Topics: Social Justice Foundations (3)
  • CSSA 599 – Special Topics: Community College Mission and Student Services (1-16)

Additional program features

Optional internship

You’ll have the option of taking part in a 3-credit internship through which you can engage in direct student service practice. More information about the internship will be available upon admission to the program.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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