The Master of Science degree with specialization in Counseling has been designed to meet the needs of students whose backgrounds and aspirations vary. Its orientation is toward persons who are preparing for service in areas other than elementary and secondary schools; therefore, completion of the Master of Science degree will not lead to certification as a school counselor. A minimum of 48 semester credit hours is required for completing all specialization degrees except for the Mental Health specialization, which requires 60 semester hour credits. A common core curriculum provides each student with a common base of substantive and experiential knowledge. The remaining credits are taken in an area of emphasis, which has been planned with the close assistance of an advisor.
Students in this Counseling program may select, with Departmental approval, an area of emphasis from the following: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Counseling, and College Student Personnel.
- Mental Health Counseling Concentration: The Mental Health Counseling emphasis is designed to prepare counselors with a significant level of diagnostic and treatment skills. Those selected into the program are expected to complete 60 credits, including an Advanced Clinical Field Experience (3 credits).
- College Student Personnel: The College Student Personnel emphasis provides preparation for students who plan to work as student affairs educators in colleges, universities, or community colleges.
In addition to the “for credit courses” each student in the College Student Personnel specialization is required to complete a research project during the program. The proposal for the study should be completed during the CNS 600, Research and Statistics course which should be taken early in the program. Additional work on the project will be completed in CNS 587, Advanced Research Seminar in Counseling (offered only in the summer). Completion of the research project is due April 1 for graduation in May, and July 15 for graduation in August and October 15 for December graduation, unless otherwise approved by the instructor. Note that the project is to be turned into the instructor journal ready. Minor or major revisions may be necessary prior to graduation.
- College Counseling Concentration: The College Counseling emphasis prepares counselors to work in college, university, and community college settings.