12 months
678 USD/credit 36612 USD/year
678 USD/credit 36612 USD/year
339 USD/credit 18306 USD/year
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The Counseling program at the University of Central Missouri will prepare you to be an exemplary professional counselor in a school or community/clinical mental health setting.


The Counseling program builds on bachelor’s degrees in a variety of areas to prepare professional counselors to help you and groups with family, mental health, career and educational issues. Our master’s degree meets the educational requirements needed to become licensed as a Professional Counselor or certified as a School Counselor. Our Education Specialist degree provides opportunities to retool your career, develop areas of professional specialization and broaden your career options.

The Counseling program offered through the University of Central Missouri is organized to reflect the professional standards and competencies designed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs, as well as the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators defined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Counseling will use the knowledge, skills and dispositions obtained in the program to:
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of human and personality development and how these domains affect individuals.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of how human diversity affects learning and development within the context of a global society and a diverse community of families.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the principles of measurement and assessment, for both individual and group approaches.
  • Explains the career development planning process across the lifespan, and assists individuals in their career exploration, decision-making and planning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of both psycho-educational and interactive group methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of planning and goal setting for the personal, social, educational, and career development of the individual.


UCM’s Counseling Program is the only one in the central region—and only one of four public institutions in Missouri—to be nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Management of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs 
  • Development Across the Life Span 
  • Mental Health Issues in Counseling 
  • Career Development and Counseling 
  • Counseling Theories
  • Etiology and Pharmacology of Addictions 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students Staying in Their Home Country deadline: 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester.


54 SCH
  • 54 or 60 hours


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
3.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Counselor Education application form. 
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from any post-secondary educational or professional institution or any other school experience following high school.
  • Applicants must submit official scores for the Graduate Record Exam taken within the last three years. Candidates with a minimum combined score of 295 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the examination, and a 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure are recommended. 
  • A resume with complete listing of previous educational and employment experiences.
  • Three recommendations, prepared within the last three years, on the Counseling Program Recommendation Form. 
  • An articulate and satisfactory essay explaining the impact of previous employment and professional experiences upon the decision to apply to the Counseling program.
  • A personal interview. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 678 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 678 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18306 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 339 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Warrensburg

800 - 1300 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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