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Option in College Student Development

The master’s degree in Educational Leadership Studies, option in College Student Development is designed for those seeking careers in student affairs at higher education institutions. Our graduates are inspired to make a difference in the lives of students and work to improve leadership of and within student affairs organizations, including residential life, Greek life or student life. 


Required core curriculum for this 36-hour program includes:

  • Introduction to Student Affairs
  • Student Development Theory
  • Legal Issues in Student Affairs
  • Impact of College on Students & Society
  • Leadership & Ethical Decision Making in Higher Education
  • Internship in Higher Education & Student Affairs 
  • Seminar in Student Development: Individual & Group Helping Skills
  • Capstone course, including creative component and portfolio. 

We also have a strong international focus demonstrated through additional international collaborations, centers and global internship opportunities.


Course information

Joint Center for Student Affairs Research and Professional Practice

International student affairs conferences

Kamm Distinguished Graduate Fellowship

Graduate Student Professionals in Student Affairs


Research and Faculty

Our student-oriented faculty are grounded in the history and mission of higher education, as well as attuned to emerging trends in global higher education. We focus on equipping contemporary professionals for the diverse context of today’s world.


Faculty research expertise includes:

  • Hidden college student populations and higher education institutions (The R4T Collective)
  • Socially just education
  • Diverse student-learning outcomes
  • University and community engagement
  • Organizational issues in higher education
  • International issues in higher education and student affairs
  • Higher education policy analysis
  • Leadership identity & navigating racial battle fatigue

Meet our faculty

College research initiatives



students conversingApplications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. Preference for graduate assistantship positions will be given to those candidates who complete applications by February 1 for fall enrollment. 


To apply to the Educational Leadership Studies - option in College Student Development, MS program, complete the following: 

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA required)
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least two from faculty members is preferred)
  • Personal statement, including career objectives and goals (1-2 paged, double spaced)
  • Academic writing sample (optional)
  • Interview: Program faculty may request an interview with the applicant.

Application requirements

Graduate student resources


Cost & Assistance

Graduate assistantships, as either a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), may be offered through on-campus departments and programs to full-time students on a competitive basis. Learn more about assistantships offered through the OSU Division of Student Affairs.


Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





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