NOTE: The Commission for Professional Preparation is currently working on a new database for all Graduate Programs, and a new process for getting programs listed. Therefore, we are not updating any current listings, nor are we taking any new listing. Information on how to add your instituional programs is being distributed via email. Programs should plan to upload their infomation by August 15, 2015.


Welcome to the Directory of Graduate Programs Preparing Student Affairs Professionals,developed by the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association. The members of the Professional Preparation Commission hope the Directory aids you in making an informed choice about your graduate study. This version of the Graduate Preparation Directory will be removed August 15, 2015. A new online version will be available featuring videos, documents and an improved search mechanism for users.


about the directory...

This publication is a project of the Professional Preparation Commission of the American College Personnel Association. Ten previous Directories have been produced by this Commission in 1968, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1999, and 2003. In addition to a paper version, the 1994, 1999, and 2003 Directories were also available on-line and updated on a continuing basis. A new online platform for the Directory launched in 2015.

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Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) Standards for Preparation Programs

Professional Preparation Commission Standards

Master's programs meeting the minimum requirements of the Professional Preparation Commission are so noted on program description pages. The Professional Preparation Commission believes that the following four criteria are important minimal standards for graduate preparation programs. Minimum criteria are considered met if the program can affirmatively answer the following four questions:

  1. Does the program have at least one full-time faculty member to provide leadership for the program?
  2. Does the program have at least four content courses about student services/affairs/development and the college student/environment?
  3. Is the program's curriculum at least a two-year (or equivalent) curriculum?
  4. Does the program require at least one student personnel practicum/field experience for students?

A negative answer to any of the four questions resulted in the program not receiving the Professional Preparation Commission designation.

Information about standards, certification, and licensure in this Directory is provided by representatives of the graduate programs themselves. Inquires about confirmation of qualification and details about review should be directed to the program directors and the evaluating agencies.


Inclusion in the Directory is by subscription. Graduate programs pay a subscription fee and provide information for the users of the Directory. Contacts for individual graduate programs are encouraged to update information frequently so as to provide users with the most accurate information available. 

The subscription fee for institutions is $100 for a two-year subscription. This cost includes unlimited degree listings for the institution. We are also excited to share that 100% of the funds support graduate student and faculty research. Over the last five years the Commission for Professional Preparation has awarded approximately $14,500 to graduate students and faculty in recognition of their writing and research.

For editorial and payment updates, contact:

Sean Robinson
Morgan State University