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School Counseling, PreK-8 or 5-12, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, MA,
The MS in Counseling program is designed to prepare professional counselors as human development educators or facilitators whose primary function is to help individuals enhance life adjustment, facilitate personal growth and expand behavioral competencies so that they can cope more effectively with their environment. 


The School Counseling CAEP/NCATE accredited master’s level program is designed to prepare highly skilled professional school guidance counselors to work with all students and the entire school community including culturally diverse populations and students with serious emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disorders.

School Counselor coursework trains students to create comprehensive and developmental school guidance counseling programs and services that support all students with their academic, personal/social, and career development. As partners in student achievement, program graduates learn diagnosis and consultation skills to prepare them to be integral members of school teams that promote academic achievement, strive to close achievement gaps, and assist all students to graduate career and college ready.

The program is based on a developmental socialization model of intervention, which recognizes that at each developmental stage throughout the lifespan, individuals face tasks that can lead to problems needing professional assistance. Counselor education is based on the belief that effective counselors are both personally and professionally integrated. For this reason, a balance between didactic and experiential learning is maintained.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  •  Counseling Theories
  •  Introduction to Professional Counseling: Issues & Skills
  • Professional Practice, Standards and Ethics: School Counseling
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  •  Life Span Development
  • Childhood Trauma and Its Impact on School Based Services
  •  Psychopathology I: Diagnosis and Assessment

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 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

Admissions requirements are as follows:
  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Graduate application and fee
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words) describing goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Applicants to the school guidance counseling program must submit passing scores on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure.
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate prerequisites
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics, Psychological Statistics, or Applied Statistics for Counselors

Tuition Fee

  • International

    319 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 319 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    319 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 319 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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