Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

Program Goals

The Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) is a 60-credit degree program that offers students an opportunity to learn and enhance their counseling skills.  This program allows students to take a range of courses that will increase their counseling knowledge and skills and enable them to become leaders within the counseling profession.  Highlighting multiculturalism, diversity, and service of underserved populations, students will gain a robust academic and professional experience that will empower them to be prepared to take the National Counseling Examination and ultimately become licensed professional counselors (L.P.C).

Students will have an opportunity to develop connections with regional and national leaders in the field of counseling and secure professional linkages with area agencies and constituents.  The curriculum of the Master of Science in Counseling program will be set around accreditation standards by NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors)/CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)/ACA (American Counseling Association).  Together with a post-degree requirement (e.g., 3000 hours externship), and successful completion of a licensure exam, graduates will be able to provide direct clinical, counseling, and consultative services in a wide range of medical, research, mental health and independent practice settings. 

The mission of the program is to enhance the academic and clinical development of students in the field of counseling and empower them to educate, respect, and improve the quality of important personal relationships in clients’ lives through training and research.  

Outcomes

Students exiting the Master of Science in Counseling Program will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast relevant theories as it relates to counseling.
  2. Ethically utilize appropriate counseling techniques with various populations.
  3. Apply relevant theories to communicate (written, oral, kinesthetic) effectively for positive therapeutic outcomes.
  4. Utilize qualitative and quantitative forms of data collection and inquiry.

Requirements

Please see the University Catalog for program requirements.