College Student Personnel (M.S.E.)

Become a leader, an educator and an organizer in higher education through our College Student Personnel program. We provide the practice, theoretical perspectives and appropriate experience you need to excel. We follow the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education established by our professional organizations, and our coursework emphasizes professional development, experience in working with individuals and groups of students, and designs of campus environments. We know how important experience is for future success, which is why we give you real-life opportunities. You will complete three internships at surrounding colleges and universities. Many students also hold graduate assistantships in the Office of Student Development to aid with their tuition expense and develop expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the College Student Personnel program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Essay Responses (See Below)

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  For tests administrations prior to August 1, 2011, a scaled score of 430 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.  

Once an applicant has successfully met the required admission criteria outlined above, there will be a faculty review. Following faculty review of these materials, the applicant may be invited to interview with


  • Fall Term: May 10
  • Spring Term: September 10
  • Summer Term: January 10

Essay Instructions

Please provide typed responses to the following essay questions. Type your name and the question at the top of the sheet with your answer. Limit your answer to one single-spaced page for each question. Submit your responses via e-mail at or mail your responses to:

Office of Graduate Admission Processing
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1301

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing a master's degree in the college student personnel program?
  2. Answer two of the following questions:
    1. What role would you play in a community of learners?
    2. Select three major issues facing higher education (or students in higher education). Describe the issues and why you think they should be of concern.
    3. Do you have a philosophy of education? If so, what is it?

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