Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2019

Thesis Director

Jon K. Coleman

Thesis Committee Member


Thesis Committee Member



Using a qualitative methodology. the researcher studied current first-year graduate students in a College Student Affairs program. The researcher looked at skills the students believed they gained from undergraduate involvement, the students' perceptions of what skills are important for professionals to have, and how both of those align with the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies. The study was narrowed down to six graduate students based on their responses to a short participant survey to ensure the participants came from diverse types of undergraduate involvement. These participants were interviewed and asked a range of questions about their undergraduate involvement experiences. skills gained from involvement. if they had mentors in the field they looked up lo. skills those mentors possessed. skills they believe are important for professionals to have in the field. and if they were aware of the ACPA/NASPA Competencies.