Student Affairs Counseling, MEd

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Bridgewater State University
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10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater, MA 02325

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The Master of Education (MEd) in Student Affairs Counseling at Bridgewater State University can provide you with the solid leadership and management skills required to excel in student affairs in a time when the relationship between students and educators is constantly evolving.  If you are committed to helping the leaders of the future succeed during this formative period of their youth, this program can help you do more to provide a positive leadership role. Graduates of the Student Affairs Counseling Program are trained to utilize skills in counseling and program development and implementation in a variety of higher education and student affairs settings such as: residence life, student activities, student leadership, academic advising and career services.

The Master of Education in Student Affairs Counseling offers you:

    • Diverse faculty with extensive experience in various fields of student affairs counseling
    • Students have the opportunity to garner valuable insight through internships and through participating in national student affairs counseling conferences
    • Development of critical thinking skills, as well as oral and written communication capabilities
    • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
    • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

 Graduate Program Director: Dr. Katherine Bender

Admissions Requirements:

Invitation to Admissions Interview Day:

  • If a candidate has an undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher, then the GRE requirement will be waived.
  • If the undergraduate GPA is a 2.80-2.99, then a combined GRE score of 291 is needed.
  • If the undergraduate GPA is a 2.50-2.79, then a combined GRE score of 292+ is needed.

Candidates Holding a Master’s Degree:

  • If the master’s degree GPA is a 3.5 or higher, then the GRE requirement is waived.
  • If the master’s degree GPA is a 3.0-3.49, then a combined GRE score of 297 is needed.

Applicants must also submit:

  • Complete Online Application and $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside the BSU department of Counselor Education
  • Personal Statement - A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.
  • On campus interview- Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Interview Day held at the end of November for Spring Admissions and the end of March for Fall Admissions.
  • Students who live, work, or attend school more than 200 miles from the Bridgewater State University may be granted an alternative online admissions interview.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1 (Fall 2020 Deadline Extended to February 14)

Spring Semester: October 1 

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Core Courses
CNGC 500 - Research and Evaluation
CNGC 520 - Group Experience (Pass/No Pass)
CNSA 528 - Counseling Theories and Techniques for Student Affairs
CNGC 529 - Multicultural Counseling
CNGC 538 - Group I: Theory and Process of Group Interaction
CNGC 539 - Introduction to Career Counseling

School Affairs Core Courses
CNSA 510 - Student Development Theory in Higher Education
CNSA 515 - Foundations in Higher Education Counseling for Student Affairs Practice
CNSA 520 - Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Students Affairs
CNSA 525 - Student Affairs Administration
CNSA 530 - Helping Skills for Student Affairs Professionals

Student Affairs Internship
CNSA 571 - Internship: Student Affairs Counseling (150 hours)

Three (3) Credits of Electives Students are required to take 3 credits of Electives at the 500 level or above.

Total minimum credits: 39

Additional Information:

Culminating Experience
As part of the graduation requirement in the department, students are expected to complete a culminating experience which is overseen by members of the Department of Counselor Education faculty.  The culminating experience focuses on students' ability to integrate counseling and development theory into direct practice. Through the culminating experience, students will demonstrate the counseling competencies that align with the ACPA/NASPA national student affairs competencies.

Students will have the choice of completing one of the following options:

  • CNGC 585 - Capstone in Counseling - Portfolio
  • CNGC 586 - Capstone in Counseling - Project Paper
  • Achieve a passing score on the CPCE Exam

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.


Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The MEd program in Student Affairs Counseling is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

Mission Statement and Program Objectives:

The principle mission of the Department of Counselor education at Bridgewater State University is to prepare high quality master’s level counselors for various settings in Massachusetts and the nation. More specifically, we prepare; quality School Counselors to serve students, families and communities PreK-12 educational settings; Clinical Mental Health Counselors to serve individuals, families and /or groups in community, non-profit, or private agencies; and Student Affairs Counselors to serve as academic advisors, career advisors, residential hall advisors, or likewise in institutes of higher education. Our objectives are to:

  • Aid students in understanding their professional identity, roles, and relationships on both the micro and macro levels.
  • Train students to be competent in navigations ethical and legal guidelines, professional obligations, and responsibilities to their future clients and or students;
  • Develop expertise in the skills of counseling;
  • Instill a commitment to uphold best practices, as informed by critical consumption of/and current research and literature in the professions of counseling and student affairs across the CACREP core curriculum;
  • Impart an awareness, appreciation, and affinity to honor diversity and social justice issues in the mental health, school counseling, and student affairs professions.