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Meet Richard Parsells, PhD, director of the Master of Arts in College Student Development program at St. Edward’s. Parsells' more than 27 years of professional experience includes a research background in adult development and learning, instructional strategies, and change management.


College Student Development (MACSD)

The Master of Arts in College Student Development at St. Edward’s prepares you to work closely with college students, helping them grow personally and professionally in a variety of college settings, such as student life, residence life and admission.

You’ll build broad-based skills that support students’ success in college and beyond. And you’ll gain career flexibility by studying topics across the spectrum of college student development. For example, you could shift from admission to student advising, or move from residence life to student life.

Master of Arts in College Student Development

Convenient Class Schedules:

The MA in College Student Development is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working adults. Classes meet on campus every other Saturday, with an online component during the off weeks, making classes convenient for those working full-time and for those commuting from outside the Austin area. Taking two classes each semester, the MACSD is typically completed in two years.


The MA in College Student Development program is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults through Saturday classes, offered in a blended format, that meet every other week.

In the MA in College Student Development program, you’ll hone vital skills such as counseling, conflict resolution, leadership and mentoring. And you’ll cultivate valuable insights into program planning and assessment, organizational behavior, human development, diversity and inclusion, and legal and ethical issues in higher education. This program emphasizes hands-on learning through practica and internships. These placements allow students to apply and observe theory in practice — and to explore their interests in a range of areas in student services.

Career paths for graduates include positions at colleges or universities — such as a student life director, international studies advisor, academic adviser or residence life director — helping students reach their full potential.

Graduates may choose to pursue doctoral studies for high-level administrative positions at colleges or universities — such as a dean of students or a vice president of student affairs. Graduates may also be interested in earning a masters degree in counseling to expand their credentials.

Degree Plan:
This degree plan provides sample course information for the Master of Arts in College Student Development program. For detailed descriptions of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog) for the current enrollment year.
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Career Development and Planning
  • College Student Development: Theory and Practice
  • Research and Assessment in College Student Development
  • College Student Development Services
  • Administration and Leadership in College Student Development
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in College Student Development
  • Organizational Behavior for College Student Development
  • Mentoring, Training, and Leadership Development for College Student Services
  • Special Topics in College Student Development
  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution or Mediation
  • Internship or Research Apprenticeship in College Student Development

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