College Student Affairs Administration, M.Ed.

The College Student Affairs Administration program is a multidisciplinary program composed of classes from several colleges, including several specialized core classes taught by practicing Student Affairs professionals.

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Program Description

The College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) Program prepares graduates to serve as student affairs professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist any American college student to succeed and thrive in co-curricular environments. The CSAA Program emphasizes the integration of theoretical precepts and practical experiences via its courses, graduate assistantships and internships. The program underscores the value of collaborative relationships and academic partnerships to foster student retention and success.

Graduate Assistantship

A quality academic program is enhanced by the opportunity for pre-professional work experience. A number of students in the CSAA program have the opportunity for significant and meaningful work responsibilities that will translate directly into powerful resumes.

Various student service areas of the University of West Florida offer several compensated assistantships. Please note that a condition of employment is enrollment and good standing within the College Student Affairs Administration Program or other appropriate UWF masters program.


Department Contact

Dr. Karen Haas
CSAA Coordinator, Visiting Instructor
Department of Educational Research and Administration
Building 70, Room 101
(850) 474-2390

Catalog Description
Department's Website

PositionDepartmentHow Many?Contact*Link to Position Description
Graduate Assistant, Dean of Students Office Dean of Students 1 Dawn Rockey File
Graduate Hall Director HRL 4 Samantha Brooks File
Programming Assistant HRL 1 Samantha Brooks File
Fraternity & Sorority Life GA Student Involvement 1 Ben Stubbs File
Leadership & Governance GA Student Involvement 1 Ben Stubbs File
Student Activities GA Student Involvement 1 Alyssa Gryb File
Campus & Community Involvement GA Student Involvement 1 Ben Stubbs File
Graduate Assistant for Operations UCES 1 Matt Marshall File
Graduate Assistant Center for Academic Success 1 Dr. Jennifer McCaul File
Graduate Assistant Student Accessibility Resources 1 Tina Likovetz File
Graduate Assistant Tutoring and Learning Resouces 1 Sara Halstead File
Competitive Sports GA RecWell 1 Jeff Schmitt/Jessica Coleman File
Fitness/Personal Training GA RecWell 1 Jeff Schmitt/Jennifer Johnson File
Outdoor Adventures GA RecWell 1 Jeff Schmitt/Michael Morgan File
Wellness GA RecWell 1 Jeff Schmitt/Alicia Cambron File
      *(See Position Description for Contact Details)  


Each student in the program is required to take two internships, each 3 credit hours. Students are expected to identify an appropriate college or university department or program that they have an interest in learning more about through experiential learning. The student must identify an acceptable site supervisor (with the approval of the CSAA advisor or the internship faculty) in that department or program and work with that person to construct the learning outcomes they wish to acquire through the experience. Students are expected to spend up to 150 hours in that area over the semester. In addition to the site work, students also have assignments due to the internship faculty throughout the semester including journaling, other writing prompts, a portfolio of their work and a research paper which covers an aspect of the area they worked. Students are also encouraged to consider internship programs hosted by national organizations such as National Orientation Directors Association and Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.

Some on-campus internship opportunities include:

  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Student Union
  • Greek Affairs
  • Orientation
  • Recreation
  • Athletics
  • Academic Advising
  • Freshmen Seminar
  • Inclusion Programs
  • Career Services

Admission Requirements

The CSAA program offers courses on a cohort model, meaning enroll in classes with the same students throughout their time at UWF. This model enhances peer support, classroom discussions, and learning experiences tailored for students’ specific needs. Students are typically admitted to begin study in the Fall semester, but Spring admission will be considered on a case by case basis. UWF offers a “rolling” admission schedule, but applicants whose materials are submitted by June 1 will be given preference, and those who apply by January will be connected with available graduate assistantship opportunities. Applicants are considered holistically based on the following materials:

  • UWF Graduate School Application (
  • Official Transcripts (3.0 GPA or better preferred)
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Resume demonstrating the applicant’s experience related to the field
  • Statement of Intent discussing the applicant’s motivation and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadlines

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UWF offers a “rolling” admission schedule, but applicants whose materials are submitted by June 1 will be given preference, and those who apply by January will be connected with available graduate assistantship opportunities.


Download the CSAA Academic Learning Plan
Download the CSAA Curriculum Map

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