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Are you passionate about shaping the college experience for students? Build a rewarding career around higher education with UWF's master's degree in college student affairs administration.

Why Study College Student Affairs Administration at UWF?

UWF's college student affairs administration program is designed for aspiring student affairs professionals.

The college student affairs administration program combines classwork with practical experiences, including graduate assistantships and internships. The program prepares you for a career involving organizational management, student development, leadership training and administration.

UWF thrives on innovation, collaboration and creativity. Our faculty members are active professionals who leverage decades of student affairs experience to enhance lesson plans, classroom activities and mentoring.

What You Will Learn

Our two-year master’s program includes a professional core of courses plus the opportunity to choose one advisor-approved elective.

You will study topics including student development theory; student characteristics and effects of college on students; individual, group, and organizational interventions; organization and administration; and assessment, evaluation and research.

We offer numerous paid internships in a wide variety of student affairs and student service areas, including the Office of the Dean of Students, residence life facilities and programs, student union operations and management, student activities and campus programming, Greek affairs, recreation facilities and programs, and career services.

You will be encouraged to seek at least one internship experience away from the UWF campus.

Careers & Outcomes

A master’s degree in college student affairs administration will give you a competitive advantage in the job market. Below are common job titles for our graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Student Services Officer
  • Student Affairs Coordinator
  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • Associate Admissions Director
  • Student Housing Director
  • Financial Aid Administrator
  • Academic Affairs Administrator
  • Student Success Advisor
  • Students Clubs and Organizations Coordinator
  • Director of Student Life and Engagement

Employers


  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Utah
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • University of West Florida

Any experience I wanted to gain while at UWF was offered to me. While serving as a graduate assistant for the Student Government Association, I was able to also serve on committees in the Department of Housing and Residence Life and plan events for UWF's welcome week. There are so many experiences that you can gain at UWF.

Montelleo Hobley, Jr.
'17

Program Details

Applicants are considered holistically based on the following materials:

  • UWF Graduate School Application 
  • Official Transcripts (3.0 GPA or better preferred)
  • Résumé demonstrating the applicant’s experience related to the field
  • Submission of letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals
  • Submission of reference list with contact information for three professional/academic references

Graduate Admission Requirements

Various student service areas of the University of West Florida offer several compensated graduate 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.

Students have held GA positions in the following units:

  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Alumni Relations
  • Career Development and Community Engagement
  • Tutoring and Learning Resources
  • International Programs
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Recreation and Wellness
  • Dean of Students
  • Student Involvement

Please note that listed GA hosts are meant to serve as examples of possible positions. Availability varies based on a number of factors, and there is no guarantee of securing a specific position.

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 required paperwork, reflective journaling, and a visual essay of their internship site and experience. Students are also encouraged to consider internship programs hosted by national organizations such as National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).

Some on-campus internship opportunities include:

  • Admissions and Orientation
  • Athletics / Game Operations
  • Career Development and Community Engagement
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Financial Aid
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Kugelman Honors Program
  • Student Accessibility Resources
  • Student Involvement
  • Recreation and Wellness
  • Tutoring and Learning Resources

Please note that listed internship opportunities are meant to serve as examples of possible positions. Availability varies based on a number of factors, and there is no guarantee of securing a specific position.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the College Student Affairs Administration Masters program.

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