Counseling, Student Affairs Counseling, MEd

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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 Student Affairs Counseling MEd at Bridgewater State University trains you to utilize valuable skills in counseling and program development, as well as in implementation in a variety of higher education and student affairs settings such as residence life, student activities, academic enhancement/advising and in career services.

The Masters 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

The MEd in Student Affairs Counseling at Bridgewater offers students a quality curriculum taught by an excellent faculty at an affordable price.

 Graduate Program Director: Dr. Katherine Bender

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit a completed counselor education Online application and $50 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate study. If candidate holds a Master's degree, a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required
  • GRE General Test Scores
    • If undergraduate GPA is 3.00 or higher, the GRE requirement is waived.
    • If undergraduate GPA is a 2.80-2.99, then a combined GRE score of 291 or higher is needed.
    • If undergraduate GPA is 2.50-2.79, then a combined GRE score of 292+ is needed.
    • If candidate holds a master’s degree and GPA is a 3.5 or higher, the GRE requirement is waived.
    • If candidate holds a master’s degree and GPA is a 3.0-3.49, a combined GRE score of 297 is needed.
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education
  • Personal Statement - A 500-word personal statement related to the intended counseling program option

         *Candidates who already hold a master's degree are not required to take the GRE, but may be asked to do so by the Department of Counselor
           Education if their graduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement.

Applicant Screening Process

Students who meet all admission requirements as outlined above will be invited to an admission interview.

Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admission interview:

  • A composite GRE score that exceeds 290.
  • If a candidate already holds a master's degree, a composite GRE score that exceeds 297 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.4.

Admission Interviews

All applicants with a completed application package who meet the minimum admission requirements will be required to participate in the on-campus Admissions Day interview process.  The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1

Spring Semester: October 1

Late applications will not be accepted.



Core Courses
CNGC 500 - Research and Evaluation
CNGC 520 - Group Experience (Pass/No Pass)
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 528 - Counseling Theories and Techniques for Student Affairs
CNSA 530 - Helping Skills for Student Affairs Professionals

Student Affairs Internship
CNSA 570 - Advanced Applied Counseling: Student Affairs Counseling (150 hours)
CNSA 571 - Internship: Student Affairs Counseling (150 hours)

Total minimum credits: 39

Additional Information:

Student Affairs Internship

Students will meet with their adviser and the director of fieldwork to plan their fieldwork experience. Students must complete a minimum of 150 fieldwork hours at an approved site. Students must complete their CNSA 570 - Advanced Applied Counseling in a separate semester from CNSA 571- Internship.

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 502 - Research - Masters Thesis
  • 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