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CHRD-College Counseling (M.S.)

This program prepares students to work in higher education settings in the various aspects of student life that take place largely outside of the classroom. These include, but are not limited to, student affairs administration, general college student counseling, career counseling, academic advising, institutional admissions, student activities, multicultural affairs and residence hall settings. Currently, there are no certification or licensure requirements for student personnel professionals.

Students who successfully complete this 48-credit hour specialization will earn a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Resource Development specializing in College Counseling. This program specialization is accredited by CACREP. The following statement is intended to identify the specific endorsement for students entering College Counseling: upon successful completion of the core requirements, and those of the College Counseling specialization and, with the successful completion of the comprehensive written and oral examinations, graduates are endorsed as student affairs professionals.

The Academic Advising certificate will be offered as a stand-alone credential for those who already hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or may be offered in combination with the Counseling and Human Resource Development (M.Ed.) - Administration of Student Affairs Specialization or Counseling and Human Resource Development (M.S.) - College Counseling Specialization.

Career Opportunities

  • Academic Advisor
  • Counselor
  • Residence hall professional
  • Multicultural affairs professional
  • Academic support staff for TRiO and Upward Bound programs
  • Vice President or Dean for Academic Affairs.

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Katelyn Romsa or Dr. Jay Trenhaile.


  • Brookings Campus
  • Rapid City Campus
  • Some courses offered at the Community Center for Sioux Falls

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