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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas Little Rock
 
Degree
MA
 
What college at the institution does this program reside in?
Little Rock
 
What department within the college does this program reside in?
Educational Leadership
 
Program Director contact for this program:

John Kuykendall
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
2801 S. University Dr
Dickinson Hall 419
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-569-8932
jakuykendall@ualr.edu
 
How is the program offered?
  • Courses are taken online and on a campus (low residency)
 
What is the program's primary area of focus?
  • Administration
 
What is the mission and/or objectives of the program?
The mission of our program is to provide entry-level professional development to qualified individuals who have special interest in college students and the higher educational environments that affect their development. Graduates of the program are prepared to function effectively in a variety of positions in the field of College Student Affairs in two-and-four-year institutions of higher education.

 
What is the pedagogical philosophy of the program?
The Master of Arts in College Student Affairs is a 36-hour program consisting of three components: •Foundational Studies - The study of the foundations of higher education and student affairs. •Professional Studies - Student development theory, student characteristics and effects of college on students, individual and group interventions, organization and administration of student personnel services in higher education, and assessment, evaluation and research. •Supervised practice - one or two semester-long internship/practical in two distinct areas.

 
What are the learning outcomes of the program?
•To enhance the leadership skills of entry-level college student affairs administrators. •To provide thorough grounding in the knowledge and understanding of college student affairs philosophy, perspectives and functional areas and ethical and legal standards. •To provide thorough grounding in the knowledge and understanding of college student development. •To enhance student understanding and appreciation of the legal foundations and constraints, which affect College Student Affairs practice. •To enable graduates to design and implement quality and multi-faceted programs. •To enable graduates to deal effectively with interpersonal conflict and campus crisis. •To enhance student attitudes, beliefs, values and self-awareness necessary to serve students who are culturally different from themselves. •To enable graduates to use technology in their interactions with college students.

 
According to the CAS Standards and Guidelines a "program should recognize the important educational opportunities that diversity among its students and faculty brings to student affairs preparation. Therefore, programs should encourage the recognition of and adherence to the spirit of multiculturalism by all who are allied with the program's educational enterprise." How does this program do that?
Program graduates are prepared to assume professional roles as coordinators, directors and assistant directors in such specialty areas as academic advising centers, admissions, financial aid, career services, disability offices, Greek affairs, judicial affairs, international student programs, minority affairs, orientation programs, offices of residence life, student life/activities offices, and offices of alumni affairs.

 
What is the cost of tuition?
$475.00 per credit hour (non-resident)
 
Which of the following are available to help defray the cost of tuition, fees and other related education costs (from the program and/or institution)?
  • Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Financial Aid
  • Travel Funding
 
On average, how many years does it take to complete the program?
2-3 years

 
What is the employment rate of graduates from this program?
100%

 
What are the professional contributions to the field made by graduates from this program?

 
If this is a master's degree program, what percentage of students go on to earn doctoral degrees?

 
Please describe the program's curriculum:
The Master of Arts in College Student Affairs is a 36-hour program consisting of three components: •Foundational Studies - The study of the foundations of higher education and student affairs. •Professional Studies - Student development theory, student characteristics and effects of college on students, individual and group interventions, organisation and administration of student personnel services in higher education, and assessment, evaluation and research. •Supervised practice - one or two semester-long internship/practical in two distinct areas.

 
How many credits are required to graduate?
36
 
Which of the following are required for graduation?
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Thesis/Dissertation
  • Portfolio
 
How many of the program's faculty are full-time?
4-5
 
How many faculty are adjunct/part-time?
1-3
 
What is the faculty to student ratio?
10:1
 
Who are the current teaching faculty and what are their backgrounds and research interests?
Dr. T. Gregory Barrett, Associate Professor Phone: 501-569-3016 email: tgbarrett@ualr.edu

Dr. Mark E. Fincher, Associate Professor Phone: 501-683-7281 email: mefincher@ualr.edu

Dr. Diane S. Gilleland, Associate Professor Phone: 501-569-3554 email: dsgilleland@ualr.edu

Dr. John A. Kuykendall, Assistant Professor Phone: 501-569-8933 Email: jakuykendall@ualr.edu

D. Jim Vander Putten, Associate Professor Phone: 501-569-3549 email: jvputten@ualr.edu

 
What is the average size of the program's cohorts?
10-15
 
What percentage of students are full-time?
15%
 
What percentage of students are part-time?
85%
 
Please describe the diversity of the program's students:

 
When is the deadline to apply?
Accepted on Rolling Basis
 
Application URL:
http://ualr.edu/edd/HIED/index.php/home/ma-in-college-student-affairs/
 
Financial Aid URL:
http://ualr.edu/financialaid/
 
Who is encouraged to apply?

 
What are the requirements and criteria used for admission?
1. Application for admission to the University Graduate School 2. GRE score of at least 900 (verbal & quantitative combined) or MAT score of 396 3. Original transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended reflecting an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 4. Biographical data form 5. A two-page, typed, and double-spaced explanation of the reasons for applying to the program and the goals the students expects to achieve 6. An interview with at least one faculty member from the program resulting in a favorable recommendation from that faculty member

 
Is the GRE required?
Yes
 
On average how many applications are received each year?
30
 
On average how many students are accepted each year?
10
 
What makes this program unique from others?

 
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