This directory is designed to serve as a resource for those exploring graduate programs in higher education, student affairs, and college counseling. The directory exclusively features programs offered by non-profit institutions in the state of California.* Many other institutions across the globe offer competitive graduate programs in these academic fields; however, CCPA aims to highlight academic programs within the state of California.

Master Degree Programs

Azusa Pacific University | Azusa, CA

  • Master of Science in College Counseling & Student Development (M.S.)

California Lutheran University | Thousand Oaks, CA

  • Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel (M.S.)

California State University, Fullerton | Fullerton, CA

  • Master of Science in Education, Concentration in Higher Education (M.S.)

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach, CA

  • Master of Science in Counseling, Student Development & Higher Education (M.S.)

California Polytechnic State University | San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs (M.S.)

Chapman University | Orange, CA

  • Master of Arts in Leadership Development, Higher Education focus (M.A.)

Claremont Graduate University | Claremont, CA

  • Master of Arts in Student Affairs & Educational Justice (M.A.)

Fresno State University | Fresno, CA

  • Master of Science in Counseling, Option in Student Affairs & College Counseling  (M.S.)

Loyola Marymount University | Los Angeles, CA

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (M.A.)

Pepperdine University | Malibu, CA

  • Master of Science in Leadership in Higher Education (M.S.)

San Diego State University | San Francisco, CA

  • Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership, Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.)

San Fransisco State University | , CA

  • Master of Science in Educational Counseling, Specialization in College Counseling (M.S.)

University of La Verne | La Verne, CA

  • Master of Science in Educational Counseling, Concentration in Social Justice Higher Education Administration (M.S.)

University of California, Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA

  • Master of Education in Student Affairs (M.Ed.)

University of California, Riverside | Riverside, CA

  • Master of Education, Concentration in Higher Education Administration & Policy (M.Ed.)

University of Redlands | Redlands, CA

  • Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education (M.A.)
  • Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education – Student Affairs (M.A.)

University of San Diego| San Diego, CA

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership (M.A.)

University of San Francisco | San Francisco, CA

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (M.A.)

University of Southern California | Los Angeles, CA

  • Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Education in Educational Counseling (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Education in Enrollment Management & Policy (online M.Ed.)

Doctoral Degree Programs

Azusa Pacific University | Azusa, CA

  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education (Ph.D)

Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University | Claremont, CA & San Diego, CA

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Higher Education/ Student Affairs (Ph.D.)

San Francisco State University | San Francisco, CA

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Education Leadership (Ed.D.)

Stanford University | Stanford, CA

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education (SHIPS) (Ph.D.)

University of California, Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education & Organizational Change (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

University of California, Riverside | Riverside, CA

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration & Policy (Ph.D.)

University of Redlands | Redlands, CA

  • Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Justice (Ed.D.)

University of Southern California | Los Angeles, CA

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Change & Leadership (online Ed.D.)

*Programs have not paid to be featured in this directory. CCPA does not have an established partnership with any of the programs listed. A listing in this directory is not an endorsement of any curriculum, program, or institution. Prospective students should thoroughly research graduate program options, inquiring about institutional values, program curriculum, featured texts, research opportunities, faculty, assistantships, campus climate, student conduct expectations, the lived student experience, admission criteria, accessibility, program retention and graduation rates, financial aid, alumni network, accreditation, and job placement rates/career outcomes.

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