Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling (MA)

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed to prepare professional counselors to work with a diverse population of clients in a variety of educational, community, and mental health settings.  It is the belief of the faculty that the work of the counselor is to promote the growth and development of clients.  The human development counseling model for preparing counselors recognizes the profound interactive effect of people and human systems.  Because we believe counselors should experience personal and professional growth and development, all courses provide cognitive and experiential learning.  Practica and internships allow for the development of a special area consistent with a student's plans for future employment.  All graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) the semester in which they graduate.  Once certification is received, applications for the first tier of counselor state licensure can begin. Students pursuing the Professional School Counseling specialty take the same 51 semester hours of core courses as those students pursuing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty and complete their program by taking 9-10 semester hours especially for school counselors. The Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Professional School Counseling is now available online.


The program in Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Requirements

The program in Counseling requires a minimum of 60 semester hours.  Please see the Graduate School Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the Counseling program should have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.  Applicants may be required to submit official scores from the GRE General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if other admission requirements are not met.  Applicants must also submit three professional and/or academic letters of reference, one of which must be from a current supervisor.  Applicants must also satisfactorily complete the Counseling program screening interview. 

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Robert Davison Aviles, (309) 677-3174,

Interim Department Chair
Dr. Jenny Tripses, (309) 677-3593,

Department Secretary
Candace Clark, (309) 677-3193,