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Graduate Program


Name: Dr. David Hurford
Phone: 620-235-4521

Counseling - Clinical Mental Health or School

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Counseling. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below.

The School Counseling emphasis prepares candidates for professional careers as school counselors in Pre K-12 settings. Candidates interested in pursuing this emphasis are strongly encouraged to complete an undergraduate degree in education. While two years of teaching experience is no longer required for candidates planning to secure employment as school counselors in the state of Kansas, it is still recommended. Candidates without a degree in education or teaching experience will be required to complete additional coursework. In addition to completing the 48 hour program of study in School Counseling, a passing score on the PRAXIS II specialty test in Guidance and Counseling is required.

The Clinical Mental Health emphasis is designed to train skilled practitioners to provide direct counseling services in mental health and other community agency settings. Completion of the program and post-degree supervised experience requirements qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as Professional Counselors in Kansas, Missouri, and over 40 other states. Advanced students are also eligible to sit for the National Board for Certified Counselors Examination.

Emphasis Areas

Emphasis areas include:

  • School
  • Clinical Mental Health

Program Outline

Options available for the degree include:

  • Option I: Thesis
    • This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
  • Option II: Research Problem
    • This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.
  • Option III: Course Work
    • This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Required Courses

Admission Requirements

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE (Minimum of 141 Quantitative, 146 Vocabulary, and 3.5 Writing)
  • Departmental application
  • Consent for release of criminal background check
  • Personal statement of career goals
  • Three completed professional recommendation forms