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School Counseling, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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Doraville, GA, United States
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.

Overview

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

Accreditation

The School Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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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Living costs for Doraville

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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