Counseling and College Student Personnel

Thank you for visiting the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel website. Tucked in among lots and lots of programs offered at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania you have located our webpages – which we earnestly hope will fill a wide variety of needs!

Following the links here you will find information for prospective students, information for curious applicants, and information for our students – early in the program of their matriculation, those readying to graduate, and even for those who already have received their Masters but are continuing their education with us.

As the Department Chair and a professor who has been a member of this Department since the summer of 1998, I have witnessed and been a part of lots of changes in the education of counselors and student affairs professionals. Our Department is exceptionally proud of our 50+ year history of preparing professionals to fill an ever burgeoning need in society – An advanced degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel is both a prudent career investment and an incredibly fulfilling experience in professional and personal growth and development.

Welcome. I hope that you will find here what you are looking for. Not only in terms of navigating our newly designed website, but also in motivating you onward in your pursuit of a Master’s degree from Shippensburg University that we believe is second to no other. I welcome you to contact the Department if there are any questions you are left with after your virtual visit with us.

Most sincerely,

Kurts Signature

Dr. Kurt L. Kraus, NCC, ACS, LPC

Professor and Chair


Shippensburg University's Graduate Programs in Counseling and College Student Personnel are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Graduates of CACREP accredited programs are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during the last semester of studies.

What does that mean?
Because the accreditations, field experiences, and practicum of Shippensburg University's Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel are so extensive, students may sit for the certification tests administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors during their final semester. Upon successful completion of the National Counselor Exam, graduates of CACREP approved programs are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors without additional supervised experience.

A student who completes 60 credit hours consistent with the Department of State, Bureau of professional & Occupational Affairs, State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors (Title 49.1) is eligible for licensure as a professional counselor; however, one must complete additional post-master's supervisory experience in order to become licensed.

Shippensburg University's Graduate Program in School Counseling is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Shippensburg University's Graduate Program in College Student Personnel complies with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).



50 Years and Counting

Shippensburg University is proud and honored to have one of the oldest established counseling programs in the nation. We recently celebrated 50 years and took a journey through the ages as we looked back through the highlights, joys, and changes that have occured throughout the years.

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Important Dates  

April 1: ALL Practicum & Field paperwork DUE!!

May 6:   Graduate Commencement Ceremony