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Dear Students, Prospective Students, Colleagues:

Welcome to the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) website!  We appreciate your interest in the CSSA program, and invite you to browse our site and explore the possibilities that we have to offer to further your education.  You will find on this site details on our curriculum and our faculty, assistantships and internships, and other unique aspects of our program. 

CSSA is in its 48th year, and with over 500 alumni, you will find our graduates at institutions across the country.  Our alumni hold a wide range of positions in student affairs and academic affairs; many serve as mid- or senior-level administrators, advisors, or faculty-- at a variety of public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities.  Our program is focused on preparing students to be engaged and successful professionals who can contribute and make a difference in their positions, for their institutions, and even more importantly in the lives of the rich diversity of students and colleagues we serve in higher education.  As faculty and students, we aspire to be practitioner-scholars -- effective leaders and administrators who also contribute to the body of knowledge in student services and higher education.

We offer a Master’s degree in a two-year program (3 year, part time).  Most students choose the Ed.M. degree which features a Portfolio capstone.  We also offer an M.S. with a thesis option, for students who desire to work with a faculty member in an area that is aligned with the faculty’s research agenda.  Our curriculum is comprehensive and rigorous, with a healthy balance of “challenge and support” for our students.  Our faculty are involved regionally and nationally in an array of professional organizations (e.g. NASPA, NIRSA, ACUI, ACUHO-I, NODA).  Students can apply for a variety of graduate assistantship (GTA) at Oregon State University, in departments that CSSA collaborates with. 

You are welcome and encouraged to contact us at 541-737-4317 or email: with questions or requests for further information on CSSA or Oregon State University.  We would also be happy to put you in touch with any of our adjunct faculty members, or graduate assistant supervisors or departments; let us know what would be helpful.  Opportunities to visit campus for a tour, or participate in onsite interviews for qualified candidates, are also available.

Thank you for your interest in CSSA at OSU; we look forward to hearing from you.


Tom Scheuermann
CSSA Program Faculty

Promotional Video

Learn more about our program by watching this video created by current CSSA student, Kayleen Salchenberg: