School Counseling

Montana State University Billings

30 months
1088 USD/credit
540 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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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. The intent of the program 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. Those students who want to do a thesis for a Master’s degree in School Counseling will develop their plan of study in direct consultation with their advisor.


For students who wish to pursue both school counseling licensure from the Office of Public Instruction and State of Montana licensure (LPC or LCPC) simultaneously, there is a 60 credit hour degree program that can be set up with consultation with an advisor. Students should be aware the Montana Board of Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors, not the MSU Billings College of Education, control that licensure. Students who wish to pursue licensure should use the coursework for the K-12 option and the programmatic requirements established by the Montana Board of Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors for LPC/LCPC eligibility.

Most of the courses in this program are offered online and some are offered in the evening allowing for flexible completion of the program.

Careers: What can you do with a degree in School Counseling?

  • Counselor K-12 Schools
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Youth Services Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Advocate

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • 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
  • Counseling in the Elementary and Middle School
  • Organization and Administration of School Counseling
  • Group Process: Theory and Practice
  • Education of Exceptional Learners
  • Internship School Counseling (Elementary)
  • Internship School Counseling (Secondary)
  • Capstone in School Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48-60 credits alternative credits


  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements;
  1. UGPA/GGPA: Official Transcripts for All Previous Coursework
  2. GRE: Complete Revised General Test
  3. Personal Goal Statement: Complete 300-400 Word Statement
  4. Four References: 2 Professional; 2 Academic
  5. Submission of Current (last 5 years) Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1088 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1088 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    540 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • Tuition fee per credit hour


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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School Counseling
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