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School Counseling

Montana State University Billings

24 months
12010 USD/year
12010 USD/year
6530 USD/year
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This School Counseling program from Montana State University Billings is designed for persons who wish to become elementary, secondary, or K-12 school counselors. The School Counseling option is designed to meet the licensure requirements established by the Office of Public Instruction for counseling in a school setting in the state of Montana.

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The intent of the School Counseling program from Montana State University Billings is to prepare individuals to work with elementary and secondary students (K-12 OPI licensure) in a professional, compassionate manner to promote positive intellectual, behavioral, and emotional change. A student can arrange a plan of study that includes almost entirely online courses. 

One exception to this are four classes (taken two at a time) that meet in the summer and are taken in a blended/online format. These courses involve coming to campus for one weekend during each of two consecutive summers. Individually designed plans of study allow for flexible completion of the program.

Reasons to Choose MSUB for this Degree

  • Flexible course delivery including mostly online as well as evenings; blended classes in Summer
  • Offers a 48 credit K-12 Licensure option
  • Offers a 42 credit Endorsement option
  • Local school-based internship opportunities in Fall and Spring
  • MSU-B has the only online program specializing in school counseling in Montana

Job Opportunities in School Counseling

Many of the students are recruited into counseling positions even before they complete their programs through OPI-Internships or Provisional Licensure. According to career outcomes surveys for MSUB School Counseling master’s graduates, 82% are employed in their field within 9 months of graduation, and recent graduates report an average salary of  $46,643.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Counseling
  • Practicum: Counseling and Therapy Techniques
  • Ethical and Professional Issues for Counselors and Family Therapists
  • Practicum: Multicultural and Gender Issues in Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Career and Lifestyle Development
  • Group and Individual Evaluation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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National: MSU Billings has rolling admission, this means prospective students may apply at any time.



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Graduate GPA (if applicable) of at least 3.0
  • Completed Graduate Record Examination
  • Complete Graduate Student Application
  • Submit Official Transcripts from all Institutions Attended
  • Payment of Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee
  • Submit Admission Test Scores – GRE
  • Submit Personal Goal Statement of 300-400 Words
  • Submit 4 References: 2 Professional and 2 Academic
  • Submit Current (last 5 years) Resume

Tuition Fee

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    12010 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12010 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12010 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    6530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6530 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Billings

945 - 1958 USD /month
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