Counselor Education (Student Affairs)


Degrees Offered


The M.Ed. Program in Student Affairs Practice at Clemson University—affiliated with the CACREP-accredited Counselor Education unit—is consistently regarded as one of the top programs in the Southeast, if not the nation. The program is designed to produce student affairs generalists, defined as competent practitioner-scholars who:

  • Understand how divisions of student affairs function as interconnected working units, and how divisions of student affairs complement the academic mission of institutions of higher learning;
  • Learn and apply a multitude of practitioner-based competencies (modeled on the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners) in a student-centered manner; and
  • Can contribute to higher education in a variety of ways, in a variety of positions, and in a variety of institutional settings.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

Students in this program can expect to integrate and apply knowledge through a variety of complementary experiences, including:

  • Rigorous coursework founded on cutting edge professional standards (CAS, ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies);
  • Graduate assistantships and 400 total hours of required field experiences (a 100 hour practicum and two 150 hour internships, selected by the student and his/her advisor and providing an individually-tailored plan of study that enhances the student’s professional development interests);
  • Professional development opportunities through professional conferences and graduate student organizations; and
  • An overall immersive learning environment that emphasizes a comprehensive model of higher education leadership, built on intentionally-blended theoretical and practitioner experiences.



Application Information

Applications for the Fall term are due by January 15 with preference given to students with graduate assistantships or who are working full-time in higher education; for spring admissions (reserved for part-time students only), October 1 is the deadline. Application files that are complete by January 15 and October 1 will be reviewed for admission. Final decisions will be made typically by mid-February for fall admission and mid-October for spring admission.

Required Documents


The Student Affairs graduate program is designed for students who obtain a graduate assistantship in a student affairs or student services functional unit; these assistantships are competitive and are typically obtained through the CUGARS process. The program is also designed for professionals already working in higher education settings who intend to maintain their full-time student affairs/student services employment while they complete their coursework. Because the size of each cohort is determined by (a) available assistantships and (b) faculty capacity, applicants who do not receive an assistantship with Clemson University or who are not full-time employees in higher education settings should NOT expect to have a space in the cohort.  The program faculty feel strongly that students’ academic coursework should be accompanied by hands-on, concurrent work experience, as students’ practitioner experience is constantly referenced through the program curriculum.

Student Affairs Assistantships:


Program Contact(s)

  • Alison Search
  • Office: University Center of Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 250-8880
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)