Counseling & student personnel psychology
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Help others grow academically and professionally
With a Masters of Arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP), you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout the lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.
- Licensed K-12 school counselor
- College and student personnel counselor
- Mental health professional in a community agency
Dates & deadlines
Coursework & related licensures
The CSPP M.A. is a two-year, full-time program. You’ll study individual, group, and family counseling, research and evaluation, counseling theory, human growth and development, diagnostic assessment, social and cultural foundations, ethics, and career development.
Area of emphasis
Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:
- Community counseling
- Higher education / student personnel
- School counseling
Practicum / internship
During your second year, you’ll spend two to three full days per week at a practicum site practicing your counseling skills under the supervision of an appropriately licensed counselor.
"Working with adults, I found the importance of early intervention and prevention. CSPP has a longstanding program of excellence and value-driven work, which aligns with my passions.”
Tony MinagliaM.A. student | email@example.com
Interests: How school counselors can improve their competencies around the achievement gap; promotion of equity among all students
Practicum/internship Tony ran groups in a psychiatric rehabilitation center for adults, aided low-income, homeless individuals, worked as a support specialist in a pre-K, and ran the school-age program that developed students' social emotional learning, “solution room teacher” in an elementary school.