College Student Affairs Administration: Prepares advanced student affairs educators, student affairs faculty. Counselor Education and Supervision: CACREP-accredited. Prepares counselor educators, leaders in P–16 settings. Focus on social justice.

This department prepares counseling, student affairs and leisure service professionals for a changing and increasingly complex world. Central to the program is a focus on prevention and remediation of human challenges and enhancement of well-being in relation to individual and collective behavior at schools and community practices, and through public policy. A combination of academic, clinical and practical experience, along with the expertise of its faculty, supports the department’s perennial ranking by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 10 graduate programs in its field. Department faculty are highly recognized for their research accomplishments and contributions to numerous scholarly publications. They hold leadership positions in national and international professional associations, serve as editors for leading disciplinary research journals and receive recognition for their teaching and research by multiple professional societies. Faculty members have also been appointed to state professional licensing boards for counseling and psychology.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_CSPS (Athens Campus); PHD_CSPS_GWN (Gwinnett Campus)

The Ph.D. program in counseling and student personnel services with a specialty in student affairs administration at The University of Georgia is designed primarily to prepare individuals for practice and scholarship in one or more of the following areas:

  • Student affairs administration
  • Graduate education of student affairs professionals
  • Student assessment, outcomes research, and program evaluation in a student affairs context

Doctoral students in counseling and student personnel services will receive a copy of the student affairs administration handbook which details specific information about the program. Ideally, this handbook will guide students as they “move into, through, and out of” the student affairs administration (SAA) program at The University of Georgia.

School/College: College of Education

Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101


Academic Department: Counseling and Human Development Services

402 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7142

Graduate Coordinator: Merrily Dunn


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