School Counseling

Mercer University

24 months
620 USD/credit
620 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as professional school counselors in public and private P-12 school settings and to be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) at the S-5 level.


Today’s school counselors are vital members of the educational team whose role is essential to facilitate academic achievement, personal and social growth, and career development for all students. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle, and high schools and in district supervisory, counselor education and post-secondary settings. 

Mercer University’s Master of Science in School Counseling prepares candidates to serve the education community in this essential role. The M.S. in School Counseling program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta Campus, and students are admitted three times per year in August, January, and May.


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Work in diverse populations and understand the culture of various school systems
  • Interpret psychological assessments to improve educational environment for the individual
  • Understand and analyze the effect of a student's educational, social or emotional problems in a school setting
  • Relate academic and theoretical learning in the five areas of comprehensive development school counseling.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
  • Life Span Development
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Counseling Seminar 
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Administration and Leadership in School Counseling
  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • Professional School Counseling Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

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

  • Submit a completed application along with application fee. 
  • Must submit a minimum of two, but preferably three letters of recommendation for admission.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field from an ABET accredited program, but applicants will be considered with an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent internationally.
  • Submit GRE score on the general section of the test. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    620 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 620 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    620 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 620 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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