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Admission to the CSSA program is competitive. Approximately 15 to 20 students are accepted each year. Since the curriculum is sequential in nature, students are not admitted midyear. Prospective students are encouraged to use this website as an introduction to the program, then to contact CSSA faculty and staff with specific questions and visit our beautiful campus if possible. Plans for any campus visit should be coordinated in advance so that the visit may be as productive as possible.

Admission Criteria
Application Timeline
Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission, candidates must submit an online OSU Graduate School application with the following components:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from a regionally accredited (U.S.) or recognized (International) college or university
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better on the first baccalaureate degree plus all work completed thereafter
  • Have one year minimum full-time work experience in student/academic affairs or related field. Extensive experience that is considered comparable to one year full-time experience in student/academic affairs or related field (e.g. paraprofessional work) may satisfy this requirement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An understanding of and commitment to a career in the field of student affairs

*The GRE is not required for admission or assistantships. 

Application Timeline

All application materials must be submitted by December 15th.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants may need to be available for campus and/or phone interviews at scheduled times.

It is our hope to communicate final program admissions decisions by the early March and then to assist with assistantship placement in the following months.

Please note that admission to the CSSA program precedes the assistantship placement process. Students admitted to the program are not guaranteed an assistantship, but it is our goal to help with placing as many students as possible. We will communicate specific information about the assistantship process to all admitted students.

Some applicants may get offers from other programs but prefer to attend Oregon State University. If you want to know the status of your application at any time, please call us so you can make the most informed decision.

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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) is a professional position funded by a department or office at the University. All assistantships provide direct service to the University’s programs and offices as well as functioning as an integral part of the curriculum and total learning experience in the CSSA program. An OSU graduate teaching assistantship provides a monthly salary, tuition remission, and an institutional contribution toward the graduate assistant-only health insurance premium. Assistantship appointments range from 0.20 FTE to 0.49 FTE (FTE meaning full-time employment). An assistant on a 0.30 FTE appointment, for example, is expected to provide 156 hours of service during a 13-week academic term.

All graduate assistants are required:

  • To perform the full duties of service as determined by their departments
  • To be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each term of their appointment during the academic year (9 credits during the summer)
  • To be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.

Admitted CSSA students will receive specific information regarding open graduate teaching assistantships shortly after admission is offered. 

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