Preparing graduates to become the profession's next generation of leaders in counselor education, supervision, scholarship and advanced counseling practice.
The counselor education program at USD is as comprehensive as it is balanced. This is a growing field and professional counselors are being hired at high rates. Master's students can choose to specialize in School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Our schedule of late afternoon and evening classes allow for full- or part-time enrollment.
NOTE: The M.A. and Ph.D programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP, 2009). The Ed.S. degree is not a CACREP accredited program.
Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:
For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Counseling and Psychology in Education in the current graduate catalog.
8 weeks before classes start
Counseling Program Priority Deadline (Fall Start Only):
January 15 or April 20
Interview, if applicable, will occur approximately 2 weeks after the application deadlines.
Qualified students may be able to get financial assistance and additional experience through graduate assistantships. You can apply through the Graduate School for opportunities within the School of Education.
Our students say our dedicated faculty and staff differentiate our program. That dedication, combined with the caliber of the program's curriculum, give our students the high-quality education they need to succeed professionally.
Our faculty are engaged in a range of research activities and involve our students to broaden their academic experience through discoveries at all stages of the research process.