Counseling

Comprehensive and balanced counselor education program

Preparing graduates to become the profession's next generation of leaders in counselor education, supervision, scholarship and advanced counseling practice.

Degrees

Counseling: M.A., Ed.S. or Ph.D.

The counselor education program provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to enter a growing field where professional counselors are being hired at high rates. Our comprehensive and contemporary program includes a state-of-the-art training clinic and experienced faculty.

Master of Arts

 Master's students can choose to specialize in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling.

School Counseling

School counselors are licensed and certified professionals who provide mental health, personal, developmental and academic support to children and adolescents in school environments. As a school counselor, you will:

  • Teach students life skills
  • Help with social issues like bullying
  • Determine future career goals
  • Be an advocate for children
  • Providing crisis support
  • Participating in and leading treatment teams

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counselors help people of all ages address their problems and build on their strengths. They use evidence-based knowledge and skills to help people identify and overcome short and long-term difficulties. Working environments range from private practice offices to hospitals and correctional facilities.

As a clinical mental health counselor, you will:

  • Provide therapy for issues like depression, substance use and trauma
  • Identify persistent patterns of unhealthy relationships with couples and families
  • Provide crisis intervention when needed
  • Be an advocate for victims of abuse and neglect

Ph.D.

Although a Ph.D. is not required to be a clinical mental health or school counselor, you may choose to push yourself and your academic training further and become a professor of counselor education in a university setting. Even if you don't become a professor, getting your Ph.D. also allows you to advancement in your clinical work or move into an administrative role. 

As a Ph.D. student, you will gain expertise to prepare you for a career in supervising and educating professional counselors. Our schedule of late afternoon and evening classes allow for full- or part-time enrollment. We also offer an online clinical mental health counseling certificate for you to enhance your clinical knowledge.

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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.

Certificates

Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three letters of recommendation (five for Ph.D. applicants)
    Counseling Program Supplemental Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE scores (Ed.S. and Ph.D. only)
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, refer to Counseling and Psychology in Education in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline:

  • Eight weeks before classes start

Counseling Program Priority Deadline (Fall Start Only):

  • Jan. 15 or April 20
    Interview, if applicable, will occur approximately two weeks after the application deadlines.

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Online and Off-Campus Options

Online

Additional Information

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Graduate Assistantships

    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.

  • Hear from our Students

    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.

  • Research Opportunities

    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.