M.S. Degree in Counseling Program Details
Offering Master of Science (M.S.) and 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Study Degrees
We have a long tradition of preparing our graduates for outstanding careers in professional counseling and seek students interested in personal as well as professional growth. The Counseling Program promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to community service. Our curriculum is offered in an international, culturally diverse, supportive learning environment which prepares counselors for leadership in our increasingly interconnected world.
The Master of Science in Counseling offers two concentrations:
- College Student Personnel – prepares students for careers in higher education
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling – prepares students for careers in community counseling, substance abuse treatment, crisis counseling centers and mental health
Students in each concentration share a core counseling curriculum with the remaining coursework selected based upon their chosen concentration. All counseling students complete a supervised field and internship experience in their area of concentration.
Coursework for Adult Learners and Professionals
The Master of Science in Counseling degree program runs coursework in the evenings (beginning at 4 p.m.) and on weekends to meet the needs of working adults. With the help of a personal academic advisor, each student completes the program at his or her own pace. Core courses build counseling knowledge and counseling skills in the following areas:
- Human growth and development
- The helping relationship
- Lifestyle and career development
- Research and evaluation
- Social and cultural foundations
- Professional orientation, ethics and behavior
There are three dimensions to your development as a counselor:
- Your personal growth and development (you as a person who counsels)
- Your intellectual growth and development (your professional knowledge)
- Your counseling skill set
Our curriculum is designed to address all three dimensions, inspiring personal growth, building professional knowledge and honing counseling skills. These aspects of counselor development are important to all counseling students irrespective of their specific career path.
6th Year Program
The 6th Year Program is designed for students who have achieved a master’s degree applicable to counseling or related field and need to supplement their coursework in clinical mental health skills and appraisal procedures. This advanced 30 credit program offers core courses in substance abuse counseling, psychopharmacology, evidence based therapies, and counseling special populations. In addition an internship/practicum in clinical mental health is required.