Requirements For The Master Of Science In Counseling Degree

Requirements For The Master Of Science In Counseling Degree

  1. Credits must be earned in courses numbered 6000 or above. Continuing Education courses and audits do not apply toward the degree. All course work applied to the degree must have received a letter grade.
  2. The candidate must complete course requirements as specified in the studentís plan of study for the program area the student has designated.
  3. The degree must be completed within six years following candidateís admission to the program.
  4. In order to complete the program, students must have earned a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, a grade of 3.0 or better must be earned in Pre-Practicum: Basic Counseling Skills, Practicum in Counseling and in Internship in order for a student to graduate from the program. Grades of C- or lower will not count toward the graduate degree.  (See Counseling program Academic Standing Policy)
  5. The student must have passed all student learning outcomes at the proficient level or above. Failure to do so will lead to dismissal, suspension, delayed graduation, remediation or other faculty action.
  6. The candidate must perform satisfactorily on the Counselor Education Department exit criteria, which align with the University Values and Counselor Education Conceptual Model.  Exit requirements include: a passing score on the comprehensive examination to be taken prior to degree completion date; a passing score in the online orientation program; participation in a minimum of four sessions of individual counseling; 3 years of attendance at the state, regional, or national level in ACA, AMHCA, or ASCA affiliated conferences or other conferences specifically approved in advance of the conference by the faculty advisor; a minimum of two academic years of ACA membership; participation in a counseling group approved by the program prior or concurrent to enrollment in Practicum; a technology portfolio; a pass grade on the student scholarly project, including the dissemination component; and other requirements described in the Counseling Student Handbook and Policy Manual.
  7. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.