School Counseling, M.A. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
24 months
1509 USD/credit 36216 USD/year
1509 USD/credit 36216 USD/year
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School counselors are social justice activists in action. The School Counseling program at University of San Diego is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


Make an impact today on the leaders of tomorrow.

In the School Counseling program at University of San Diego you will learn how to step in and help students overcome significant challenges during their most formative years. The program offers two specializations, each of which provides fulfilling opportunities to guide diverse populations of underserved students:

School Counseling: 48-units (2-years)

  • Upon graduation, you will be awarded a MA in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and be eligible for California's Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential 
  • School counselors work in elementary, middle, and high school settings.

School Based Clinical Counseling: 60-units (2-years) 

Upon graduation, you will be awarded a MA in Counseling with a specialization in School Based Clinical Counseling and will: 

  • Be eligible for California's Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential
  • Meet California's course requirements to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Review the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for a list of full requirements to become a LPCC.

Both specializations will complete USD's required coursework, applied research, and an exit requirement to graduate. Through personalized learning and real-world experience in either specialization, you'll learn to help young minds from a variety of backgrounds. You'll offer students support and guidance as they navigate their school-age years. You may work with students whose needs are culturally sensitive or specific to their social identities, such as the children who are refugees, are in foster care, or are in domestic violence situations.

Our program supports your development as a community leader who inspires young students to do the same. Making an impact during students' most critical developmental years is one of the most effective ways to weave multiculturalism, social justice, and holistic well-being into our society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Identity, Law and Ethics in School Counseling
  • Counseling Theories and Practice
  • Counseling Skills
  • Assessment Techniques in Counseling
  • Applied Theories and Techniques for Counseling in School Settings
  • Family Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH

48 - 60


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit the University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Online Application and $45 application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Recommenders’ Contact Information
  • An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application
  • Students who earned their bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation at the time of application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose of 500-words maximum
  • Official score reports for the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia
  • This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses, but undergraduate coursework in psychology and/or other social science fields is recommended

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    36216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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