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School Counseling Master's Degree
About the School Counseling Master's Program
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.
Course work focuses on human development, psychopathology, research, assessment, theories of counseling, ethical and legal issues as well as individual, group and other school counseling interventions.
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.
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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.
- Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all colleges/universities except Marquette.1
- Three letters of recommendation along with recommendation forms.
- A statement of purpose.
- A resume/vita.
- GRE scores (General Test only).
- 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. Master's interviews will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 on campus.
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.
Visit the College of Education department web page 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.