Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

Program Goals

The Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) is a 60-credit degree program that offers students an opportunity to learn and enhance their counseling skills.  This program allows students to take a range of courses that will increase their counseling knowledge and skills and enable them to become leaders within the counseling profession.  Highlighting multiculturalism, diversity, and service of underserved populations, students will gain a robust academic and professional experience that will empower them to be prepared to take the National Counseling Examination and ultimately become licensed professional counselors (L.P.C).

Students will have an opportunity to develop connections with regional and national leaders in the field of counseling and secure professional linkages with area agencies and constituents.  The curriculum of the Master of Science in Counseling program will be set around accreditation standards by NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors)/CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)/ACA (American Counseling Association).  Together with a post-degree requirement (e.g., 3000 hours externship), and successful completion of a licensure exam, graduates will be able to provide direct clinical, counseling, and consultative services in a wide range of medical, research, mental health and independent practice settings. 

The mission of the program is to enhance the academic and clinical development of students in the field of counseling and empower them to educate, respect, and improve the quality of important personal relationships in clients’ lives through training and research.  

Outcomes

Students exiting the Master of Science in Counseling Program will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast relevant theories as it relates to counseling.
  2. Ethically utilize appropriate counseling techniques with various populations.
  3. Apply relevant theories to communicate (written, oral, kinesthetic) effectively for positive therapeutic outcomes.
  4. Utilize qualitative and quantitative forms of data collection and inquiry.

 

 

Requirements

 

SEMESTER

COURSES

 

FALL

MSC 610 Professional Orientation and Foundation in Counseling (3 credits)
MSC 611 Human Development Theories and Applications (3 credits)
MSC 612 Interviewing Techniques of Counseling (3 credits)
MSC 613 Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credits)

 

SPRING I

 

MSC 620 Statistics (3 credits)
MSC 621 Ethics in Counseling (3 credits)
MSC 622 Counseling, Appraisal, and Application (3 credits)
MSC 623 Multicultural and Community Counseling (3 credits)

 

SUMMER

 

MSC 630 Applied Research Methods (3 credits)
MSC 631 Career and Lifestyle Development Counseling (3 credits)
MSC 632 Group Processes (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits) - Choose 1 

  • MSC 633  Addictions 
  • MSC 634  Death, Dying and Loss

 

FALL II

MSC 640  Internship I  (Practicum Experience) (3 credits)
MSC 641  Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (3 credits)
MSC 642  Sexuality Counseling and Consultation
Elective (3 credits) - Choose 1 

  • MSC 643 Crisis and Trauma Counseling
  • MSC 644 Counseling the Elderly

 

 

SPRING II

MSC 650 Internship II (3 credits)
MSC 651  Special topics/research in Counseling (3 credits)
Electives (6 credits) - Choose 2 

  • MSC 652  Understanding Gender in Counseling
  • MSC 653  Happiness, Mindfulness, and Mental Health
  • MSC 654  Counseling Adolescents