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Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered through the program. The M.S. degree in counseling offers four concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Addiction Counseling.

Common course requirements are specified for each emphasis. General requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. applicants are as specified in the Objectives, Regulations, and Degrees section of this catalog. Persons completing degrees in counselor education are eligible to apply for licensure as a Professional Counselor through the Board of Examiners in Counseling for the State of Arkansas and/or for various certifications through the State Department of Education and National Board for Certified Counselors. Persons intending to complete school counselor certification requirements for the state of Arkansas must, in addition to the master’s degree, meet certain Arkansas Department of Education requirements.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of the Counseling Profession
  • Program Organization and Information Management
  • Lifestyle & Career Development
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic requirements include a 3.00 GPA on all undergraduate and also on any previous graduate course work. Applicants should submit a program application, GRE scores, three letters of professional recommendation, a writing sample, and a statement of professional goals to the Coordinator for Graduate Studies (GRAD 116).
  • Applicants should first submit an application and official transcripts to the Graduate School. The applicant must be accepted by the Graduate School prior to consideration for admission into the Counseling Program.
  • Top applicants will be invited for a personal interview with Counselor Education faculty.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1138 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1138 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    421 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 421 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fayetteville

  • 930 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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