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Master's in Counseling Counseling and Career Development

With a master’s degree in Counseling and Career Development, you’ll be equipped to help people of all ages develop self-awareness, decision-making, and self-advocacy skills needed to live successful lives.

Upon graduation, all students are licensure-eligible and eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

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Nationally Accredited

Our Counseling and Career Development Master of Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

A specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, CACREP has granted an 8-year accreditation (through March 2028) to our degree, which includes our degree’s three specializations:

  • Career Counseling (one of a handful in the nation to be CACREP-accredited)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

Our 2019-20 Annual Report is now available.

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Blending Theory and Practice

You’ll complete a general course of study for this Master of Arts degree, including core curriculum, a clinical practicum, and an internship.

Additionally, you will choose from three specializations and complete coursework specific to your area of focus.

Career Counseling

We equip you to engage in career counseling.

Gain knowledge and skills necessary to help people develop life-career plans, focusing on the interaction of work and other life roles.

Our career counseling specialization is uniquely designed to educate and train you to do more than traditional career education and guidance.

Students practice counseling and evaluation in clinic

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Become a highly-skilled professional with the ability to blend psychotherapy and practical tools in a holistic approach to helping clients grow and change.

This specialization aligns with the American Mental Health Counselors Association’s national standards for education, training, and clinical practice.

Students practice counseling with Dr. Jessica Gonzalez-Voller (right)

School Counseling

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to help guide the academic, social-emotional, and career needs of K-12 students through individual, group, and classroom interactions.

Through advocacy, collaboration, and leadership, you’ll be equipped to serve as a systemic change agent working to ensure equitable educational access for all students.

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Ready to Take the Next Step?

Our Graduate Programs Coordinator can answer any questions you have.

Professional Skills

In this degree program, you’ll experience an excellent education through relevant, interpersonal, and technology-rich learning experiences, preparing you to meet client needs in a variety of ways.

Presentation Icon Actively Advocate

You’ll be able to advocate on behalf of clients and the counseling profession in a way that embraces and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Learn how to apply your career and personal counseling skills to help others design meaningful lives.

Asset 90 Learn the Theory

Build a strong foundation that will help you to understand client issues and select appropriate counseling interventions.

Asset 8 Encourage Client Wellness

Learn to establish quality relationships with clients and apply appropriate counseling processes for your clients’ best wellness.

You're a Helper

People look to you for advice and guidance, because you have a knack for looking beyond the surface. You ask deeper questions, seeking to reach the heart of the matter, to learn who that person really is, and to discover how they can live their best life—whatever that means to them.

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Asset 50 Impact Evidence-Based Practice

Identify, implement, and critically evaluate traditional and new counseling interventions that generate and inform evidence-based practice.

Asset 120 Understand Professional Ethics

Learn to examine, evaluate, and apply your core values to the practice of professional ethics. You’ll also develop an understanding of ethical principles and standards of practice, and learn to apply them in decision-making.

Asset 11 Develop Identity as a Counselor

At the end of the program, you will have cultivated an authentic counselor identity by blending self-awareness, counseling knowledge, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Asset 303 Engage in Self-Reflection

Throughout the program, you’ll engage in meaningful self-reflection that leads to better professional practice and stronger client outcomes.

You Want to Make a Difference

Many of our students come from backgrounds such as:

  • Public and private school teaching
  • Social work
  • Human development
  • Psychology
  • Postsecondary education
  • Business
  • Employment agencies

If your background is in a different field, don’t let that stop you from applying. More important is your desire to make a difference in others’ lives through a career as a trained, professional counselor.

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Free Counseling - Open to the Public Need a Place to Talk?

The Counseling and Career Development master’s degree trains future counselors. We are seeking client volunteers for the fall and spring semesters. Counseling is free of charge.

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Graduate Program Resources Useful Links

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Our graduate programs have slightly different application requirements. Get all the details for your application here.

There are a number of funding opportunities available for our graduate programs.

Learn how your graduate degree will lead to your next career.

Learn about our dedicated faculty and their areas of interest.

View our Accreditation Documentation

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