Master's in School Counseling

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Attend Our Open House: November 12, 2020

Meet with program faculty and admissions representatives to learn about our counseling programs, including coursework program timeline, specializations, and practicum and internship experiences. Individuals in attendance will also receive a fee waiver for their Marquette University Graduate School application. 

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Our master of arts in school counseling program includes a variety of courses, practica, internship and other training experiences which offer comprehensive preparation for professional practice as a school counselor.

Study human development, psychopathology, research, assessment, theories of counseling, ethical and legal issues as well as individual, group and other school counseling interventions. Learn to develop and deliver a comprehensive school counseling program, and complete and internship. 

Training in counseling skills begins in the first semester and an internship usually begins in the second year. This training prepares students to develop and deliver a comprehensive school counseling program, which is aligned with the principles outlined by the American School Counselor Association National Model for School Counseling Programs.

 

48

Credit Hours

2

Years to Complete*

FP

Full-time, Part-time Options

 

 

 

 

*Part-time= three years

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Program Highlights

The Department of Education teaches students the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model of School Counseling. The department is locally and nationally known for teaching this model and graduating students who excel at implementing this model.

The program also has two faculty who who are nationally known for their work in school counseling and are both Past-Presidents of the American School Counselor Association and the Wisconsin School Counselor Association, which is unique to Marquette. 

We prepare students as leaders and have a specific course and embed leadership throughout the program; students will also learn data-driven practices, and we are again locally and nationally know for this work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social-cultural foundations of behavior and evidence-based counseling approaches to diverse individuals and groups.
  • Relate contemporary and current professional, ethical, and legal standards to their counseling practices.
  • Assume advocacy roles for the mental health care of underserved individuals and groups in urban settings.
  • Incorporate a professional counseling identity which integrates self- awareness, counseling roles and reflective practices.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program in culturally diverse, urban PK-12 schools.

Earn Your Bachelor's and Master's in Five Years

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology offers early admission into its master of arts degree program in school counseling to Marquette University students working toward the undergraduate major in educational studies. 

Students can apply for admission to this program in the second term of their undergraduate sophomore or junior year. Students accepted into the accelerated degree program are eligible to enroll in up to 18 credits of school counseling (SCCN) course work that carry graduate credit during their junior and senior years. For more information, visited the Accelerated Degree Program page.  

Career Opportunities

Our graduates become licensed school counselors; grads take positions as elementary, middle and high school counselors. Often graduates become lead school counselors or directors of district programs.

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Application Deadline

February 1st for the following fall. 

Students are admitted to the department in the spring term to begin their programs the following fall. To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by the deadlines listed above.

Application Requirements

  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • After all applications are reviewed, the highest ranking applicants will be contacted for an interview with the faculty. This is required for admission. International applicants residing in foreign countries and applicants with extenuating circumstances may conduct their interviews over the phone.

1 Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record

You may also be interested in learning more about the counselor education and counseling psychology's (CECP) master's programs in clinical mental health counseling and counseling psychology. 

Visit the College of Education department webpage for more detailed program information.

Most of the scholarships and assistantships that we offer go to doctoral students, but occasionally there are assistantships given to master’s students. We will not know the number of assistantships available to next year's students until our admissions offers are sent out during the middle of the spring semester.

Master’s students who are primary and secondary school teachers in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible for two scholarship opportunities: the Milwaukee Area Teachers Scholarship, which provides scholarships for K-12 teachers from the greater Milwaukee area, and the Catholic Schools Scholarship, which covers part of the tuition for students employed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools. These scholarships are available only to students enrolled at Marquette. More information is available at the Graduate School's financial aid page.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.