2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Counseling and Human Resource Development (M.Ed.) - Administration of Student Affairs Specialization

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus, Rapid City


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Katelyn Romsa, Associate Professor
School of Education, Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 318, Box 507
605-688-6831

Program Information

This Administration of Student Affairs Specialization is designed for those who seek professional roles in student affairs or related areas of higher education in any postsecondary setting. The administrative emphasis will build skills based on both theory and experience. Students that complete this 36-credit program will earn a Master of Education in Counseling & Human Resource Development (CHRD) specializing in Administration of Student Affairs.

The Master of Education specialization in Administration of Student Affairs meets the guidelines of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

Course Delivery Format

Instruction occurs through didactic (classroom) and clinical experience. Most classes are enhanced with internet supplement.

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for competent ethical practice.
  • Demonstrate skills, knowledge, and awareness to counsel within a diverse society.
  • Describe and explain the process of change as expressed by individual and family counseling theories across the lifespan.
  • Identify and describe theories and models of career development, counseling, and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate essential interviewing, counseling, and conceptualizing skills.
  • Identify and apply approaches used for various types of group work.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of standardized testing and other assessment techniques.
  • Discern evidence-based counseling practices.
  • Create an artifact with input from collegiate level professionals to promote the holistic success of individuals in higher education settings.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Education Option A - Thesis 36 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 36 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 36 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Option C - Coursework Only


  • Electives Credits: 5

Total Required Credits: 36 (Option A, B, & C)


Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 79 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 110

Formal Application Process

In addition to applying for Graduate School, applicants must also apply to the CHRD program by April 1 for fall admission or by October 1 for spring admission. Admission is competitive; late applications will not be considered. Students have one calendar year from the time of acceptance to begin taking courses otherwise formal re-application to the CHRD program is required.

The CHRD department requires all applicants to submit the documents below by the appropriate admission deadline:

  • CHRD Disclosure Statement
  • Resume
  • A typed, one-page goal statement discussing your aspirations to the counseling field.
  • Two completed CHRD Recommendation Forms (do not use the Graduate School reference forms).

Based on the rating score of the applicant’s file, the applicant will either be invited to the group screening interview top continue the admissions process or denied admission.

Criminal Background Check Requirement

Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be required to successfully complete and pay for a criminal background check before an official offer of admission is secured.

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .