Working in college affairs is an exciting and impactful role. With Nova Southeastern University’s Dual Admission program in College Student Affairs, you can save your place in our master’s program as you enroll in your bachelor’s degree so you can get a head start on making a difference for tomorrow’s students.

I feel like this program is amazing for anyone who wants a hands-on experience and really wants to learn from the best. Classes are so meaningful with what is happening in the world, so it’s just a great experience.

Kathryn M. | College Student Affairs

Where better to learn about student affairs than NSU? Our master’s program focuses on giving you hands-on experience where you can develop your skills and learn about the needs of current and future students. To complete the college student affairs master’s degree, students must complete a total of 130 hours of practicum in a student affairs role. This experiential opportunity allows students to put theory into practice with the support or an on-site supervisor.

The College Student Affairs program focuses on training competent professionals who take a humanistic, learner-centered approach to their work as change agents within a university and the larger society. Curriculum explores important topics like student development, diversity, student leadership, judicial affairs, on-campus life and crisis intervention.

What Can You Do with a College Student Affairs Master’s Degree?

An M.S. in College Student Affairs will prepare you for the expanded roles and responsibilities of student affairs professionals in today's diverse college and university educational environments.

You’ll develop the fundamental knowledge base and skill sets of student affairs administration, studying everything from conflict resolution to research design and trends in higher education. And you’ll put what you’re learning into practice through a series of supervised practicum.

Whether you’re interested in helping students at a community college, large public university, small private college or anything in between, NSU’s College Student Affairs program can support your goals. You’ll learn to help students from all backgrounds navigate college and reach their own goals.

Master of Science in College Student Affairs

Related Careers

  • Student activities leadership
  • Residence life leadership
  • Academic advising
  • Admissions staff
  • Financial aid officer
  • Career services counselor
  • Volunteer coordinator


  • Understanding of programs and services that make up a division of student affairs
  • Proficiency with budgets and fiscal management
  • Ability to lead a team and inspire a collaborative, supportive environment

Career Potential

7% Growth

Job Outlook 2018–2028


Median Pay 2019


Number of Jobs as of 2018

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Dual admission majors are available for qualified freshman and transfer students interested in the growing field of College Student Affairs. Students must complete the bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite coursework before entering the College Student Affairs program. Students who complete their undergraduate degree at NSU and enter the College Student Affairs program are eligible to receive a 20% alumni tuition discount.

The M.S. in College Student Affairs (CSA) prepares students for many professions related to student affairs in college, university and community settings.

Degrees Earned

You can earn any bachelor’s degree and your Master of Science in College Student Affairs.

Program Length

Earn your bachelor’s in 4 years and your master’s in 1 year and 10 months.

Interview Required

Students applying for dual admission must interview during Shark Preview Weekend, an exclusive admitted student event.

Deadline to Apply

Fall Admission: February 1


To be considered for dual admission and fill your reserved seat in graduate or professional school, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time and transfer students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. Graduate Admission Requirements are the standards students need to maintain while earning their undergraduate degree to remain eligible for the graduate or professional program.

For students applying for fall admission who are initially unable to take the SAT or ACT due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your admission counselor directly prior to submitting your Premier Programs application.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

High School

3.0 Weighted GPA
(First-Time Students)


21 Composite ACT
1080 Total SAT


Minimum 30 Transfer Credits
3.0 GPA
(Transfer Students)

Graduate Admission Requirements

Keep your dual admission status while you earn your bachelor’s.

Dual admission reserves your seat in NSU’s M.S. in College Student Affairs program, but you must still complete a graduate application once you finish your bachelor’s degree.

Keep in mind that these are the basic requirements, and final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice.

Degree Required

You must complete a bachelor’s degree in any major you choose. Additional prerequisites may be communicated upon admission.


You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Additional Requirements

College credits that were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB or college academy—or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU—may transfer to NSU.

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.

Please contact your admissions representative for more details regarding high school transfer credits.

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply.

Dual Admission is just one of NSU’s distinctive Premier Programs. These programs are designed to help highly motivated students accelerate their success, and most offer at least $20,000 in annual scholarships.

You can apply for just about any combination of the following Premier Programs:

  • Dual Admission
  • The Fischler Academy of Education
  • Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
  • Razor’s Edge Scholars

You may apply for and be admitted into only one Dual Admission program for your first semester. Each program is unique and has its own eligibility requirements.

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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Programs application for fall entry.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.