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School Counseling, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Spokane, WA, United States
The Master of Arts in School Counseling Program prepares you for a career as a professional counselor in the K-12 school setting. The program features a cohort model, which allows you to progress through the two-year program with the same small group of peers and build a valuable professional network of supportive colleagues.
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Our competency-based program provides core knowledge and skills based on today's best practices and Washington State and CACREP standards. Courses help you develop your individualized theory of counseling through a process of self-discovery and personal growth. You will also build a professional portfolio of practical experience through supervised internships (600 required hours) and practicums (100 required hours) in community agencies.

Successful completion of the program leads to Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Residency certification for employment in K-12 schools.


The Master of Arts in Community Counseling Program in the Department of Counselor Education at Gonzaga University earned specialized accreditation in February 2005. Faculty and staff are proud to offer this asset as further evidence of the caliber of the program. 

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Critical Issues in School Counseling
  • Counseling Theories
  • Pre-Practicum in Counseling
  • Research and Statistics
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology
  • Group Process
  • Practicum
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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General Requirements

  • A completed graduate application. Within the application you will be required to submit the following: 2 letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose (guidelines are included in the application).
  • One official degree bearing transcript and one official transcript from all other colleges or universities attended. If you attend Gonzaga, please note that GU transcripts are ordered by the Graduate Admissions Office on your behalf.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general aptitude test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Scores must be less than 5 years old. 
  • An interview with the department
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      1160 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1160 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      1160 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1160 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Spokane

    • 880 - 1260 USD/month
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