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Student Affairs

Student Affairs Practice Letter of Completion
Credits: 9 (program code:  0702)

Program Description

The student affairs practice letter of completion is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level position in student affairs, as well as to assist those currently working in student affairs units who seek to advance their own personal knowledge and professional  credentials. It is a postbaccalaureate program.

Student affairs professionals provide services and support to enhance student growth and development. They work in a variety of settings including housing and residential life, student union management, student leadership, new student orientation, admissions, financial aid, student success and retention, and may provide counseling, career services and multicultural support services.

The letter of completion in student affairs practice will NOT certify you as a professional counselor. You may want to check your state's licensure laws for more information. Courses, however, might be able to be used for continuing education or additional credits toward professional counselor licensure. (Check with your state licensing board for counselors.)

Delivery Mode

100 percent online

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.90 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.90 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.90 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcripts to:

         School of Graduate Studies and Research
         California University of Pennsylvania
         Box 91
         250 University Ave.
         California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Phone: 724-938-4187


CED 777 Student Affairs Services in Higher Education3
CED 778 The College Student and Higher Education Environment3
CED 779 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education3

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Program Coordinator

John Patrick, CRC, NCC, LPC, D.Ed. (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor
Web Page:
Phone: 724-938-4452


Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Professor, Field Site Coordinator
Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Associate Professor
Taunya Tinsley, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (University of Iowa), B.A. (Augsburg College), Associate Professor
Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor