Graduate Program

Equip yourself with cutting-edge tools to meet the demands facing American higher education — both today and in the future. 

Bucknell's master of science in college student personnel offers a blend of social sciences and professional preparation coursework. You'll gain a theoretical understanding of the processes of learning and development that occur in later adolescence and throughout adulthood.

You'll graduate with attractive skills for a career in residence life, student activities, career services, admissions, financial aid and upper-level administrative positions. Or apply this experience to your pursuit of a doctorate in higher education administration.  

Note: Due to the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Education has temporarily suspended admissions to its graduate program. No applications to the graduate program will be accepted during 2021.

Admission Requirements

Students desiring to pursue graduate work in education are required to meet the University's general admission requirements and regulations for graduate study at the University. A candidate's undergraduate and/or graduate work, application essay, GRE scores and letters of recommendation will be appraised in relation to graduate objectives in professional education.

Learn more about graduate admission requirements

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the master of science in education must complete a master's thesis or treatise. Students who elect to write a master's treatise must also complete a written comprehensive examination. For those who elect the thesis option, an oral defense will substitute for the comprehensive written examination.

Educators Scholarship Program

A 40% tuition discount may be available to educators seeking graduate credits. Applicants must be teachers or other professionals (counselors, psychologists, supervisors, administrators, etc.) who are employed in public, private not for-profit, or parochial elementary or secondary schools or programs. They also must be enrolled at Bucknell in an approved program of courses leading to a master's degree or state certification in an area of specialization. Other educational objectives may be considered at the discretion of the University. 

Scholarship applications should be filed with Bursar Services no less than one week prior to the start of classes.

Download the educators scholarship program application (pdf)

Additional Information

Detailed information about the graduate program in education (pdf)

Contact Details

Education – Graduate Program


469 Olin Science Building