Master of Science in Counseling

Go beyond theory. Learn through a Master of Science in Counseling program designed to teach you current trends and applications in community counseling, school counseling, mental health counseling, or marriage, family and child therapy. Your course curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed by competent, ethical professionals in today’s world.

Master of Science in Counseling

Our Master of Science in Counseling program was developed for people who want to work as licensed professionals in the counseling field but need a graduate degree. Taught through the College of Social Sciences, the Master of Science in Counseling offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum developed in collaboration with industry experts.

Our program includes the foundations of counseling and guidance, including:

  • Theories and their application to groups and individuals 
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Counseling and consultative relationships 
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation

Counseling Specializations

The Master of Science in Counseling program is offered with the following specializations:

No matter which specialization you choose, your course curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed by competent, ethical practitioners. Your degree program will address critical issues facing counselors today and offer supervised clinical experiences. Check with an enrollment advisor for availability. The counseling program is only available in certain states. 

What You Will Gain from the Counseling Program

The Master of Science in Counseling degree program is designed to meet the needs of the working professional, teaching you material one day that you can use at work the next day.

You will gain the knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a professional counselor. 
    • Providing detailed descriptions of counseling theories, as well as other relevant theories in assessment, human development, human diversity, ethics and research 
    • Providing detailed descriptions of the major approaches to counseling applications 
    • Articulating a philosophy of therapy 
    • Evaluating your strengths and weaknesses as a clinician 
    • Displaying the commitment to counselor identity and the ethical and legal standards of the profession 
    • Displaying appropriate interpersonal and professional behavior that includes effective communication and feedback, emotional maturity, flexibility, sensitivity, commitment to personal growth, group membership and professional orientation 
    • Constructing and implementing appropriate interventions 
  • Apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to assessment, constructing and implementing appropriate treatment or interventions for functional and dysfunctional individuals, groups and families. 
  • Develop and display an appropriate style of counseling practice with supervision and guidance from practicing professionals. 

Counseling Accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org. The Master of Science in Counseling program in Community Counseling (Phoenix and Tucson campuses), the Master of Science in Counseling program in Mental Health Counseling (Utah campuses), and the Master of Science in Counseling program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Phoenix and Tucson campuses) are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; cacrep.org).

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