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 provides students with the skills and knowledge 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 enthusiastic and experienced licensed faculty. Master's students can choose to specialize in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling. Ph.D. students will gain expertise to prepare them for careers 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 those students that want to enhance their clinical knowledge.
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, refer to Counseling and Psychology in Education in the current graduate catalog.
Counseling Program Priority Deadline (Fall Start Only):
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.