Master of arts (M.A.)
What can you do with an M.A. in counseling?
M.A. programs frequently lead to the following types of careers: college counselor or student development professional, school counselor (state licensure requirements must also be completed), multicultural counselor, career counselor, community agency counselor, counselor in employee assistance programs, or human resource development specialist. To prepare you for these professional roles, we provide a program that emphasizes generic counseling and research skills.
Who should apply?
You can enter the master's program after you have completed a bachelor's degree. As with the Ph.D. program, we welcome applications from those with backgrounds both inside and outside psychology. As stated above, counselors help people with many different problems and needs, and a broad-based education is as much an asset as one that is primarily psychological in nature.
How do you earn a master's in counseling?
Your program would contain two major components, one practitioner in nature and the other foundational. In the following description, we have included the approximate number of semester credits that you would take in each area. Students who desire licensure as a school counselor or a specialization in college student development will have a modified program.
|counseling theory-individual and group (6 cr.)||statistics/measurement (4 cr.)|
|social/cultural contexts of counseling (3 cr.)||learning/cognition (3 cr.)|
|career development (3 cr.)|
|research seminar (4 cr.)|
|ethics (3 cr.)|
|child and adolescent development and counseling (3 cr.)|
|pre-practicum (3 cr.)||personality/individual differences (3 cr.)|
|practicum (8 cr.)||social psychology (3 cr.)|
After you've completed all coursework requirements and passed a written comprehensive examination, you've completed the program.
We consider this a two-year, full-time program. Because of their employment needs or personal commitments, some students may take longer.
Graduate program support for students of culturally diverse backgrounds
- Common Ground Consortium (CGC) supports advanced graduate work in education by students of culturally diverse backgrounds who are graduates of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
- Scholarships, including the Rodney S. Wallace Endowed Scholarship to support Native American students
- Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE)