School Counseling MA

The master's degree in School Counseling is a 52 credit program of study. This rigorous program provides students with the coursework necessary for becoming licensed school counselors in the state of Montana. In addition, consistent with CACREP national standards, the program requires that students obtain at least 700 hours of supervised school counseling experience, 600 of which must occur within an appropriate school setting. Currently, throughout the state of Montana, professional school counselors are in high demand. If you're interested in becoming a professional school counselor, we hope you'll consider enrolling in this gratifying program.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the School Counseling program in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Montana College of Education and Human Sciences.

Program of Study

Required Core Courses for BOTH School and Mental Health MA tracks:

COUN 510: Introduction to Counseling - 1 credit
COUN 511: Theories and Techniques of Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 512: Fundamentals of Counseling – 3 credits         
COUN 520: Group Counseling Theory – 3 credits
COUN 530: Applied Counseling Skills (Practicum)* – 3 credits
COUN 540: Individual Appraisal – 3 credits
COUN 545: Research and Program Evaluation – 3 credits
COUN 550: Introduction to Family Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 560: Lifespan Developmental Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 570: Career Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 575: Multicultural Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 580: Addictions Counseling – 3 credits
COUN 589: Comprehensive Exam – 1 credit
COUN 610: Professional Ethics and Orientation – 3 credits

Total credits, Counseling Core: 38

Required Specialty Courses for School Counseling track:

COUN 565: School Counseling, Program Development, and Supervision – 3 credits
COUN 566: Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools – 3 credits
COUN 585: Counseling Methods: School (Internship)* – 5 credits
EDLD/C&I (Choose one of the following, and/or consult with advisor):
                G C&I 433: Basic Diagnosis/Correction Reading and Writing
                G C&I 463: Adv. Classroom Management Exceptional Learners
                G C&I 510: Adv. Educational Psychology

Total minimum credits, School Counseling Track + Core: 52

*For specific requirements related to clinical training courses (COUN 530 and COUN 585) please see the Practicum and Internship Guide. Some credit variation may occur due to curricular changes for CACREP visit.

School Counseling Course Planning Form

MA Application Requirements


The Department does not require a specific undergraduate degree for admission. However, the following undergraduate prerequisites are required and must be completed prior to enrollement or during the first year of graduate study:

  • Developmental psychology or equivalent
  • Abnormal psychology or child and adolescent psychological disorders
  • An exceptionalities course
  • Basic statistics and/or education measurement

Required Materials

  • Current resume (CV)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts from ALL higher-education institutions of previous study
  • Personal statement - tell us more about you, your motivations to pursue a counseling degree, the qualities you would bring to the profession, and what you hope to do with the degree

Optional Materials

  • Official GRE scores - these should be included if you feel they will strengthen your application to the program

Application Information

The application submission deadline for the School Counseling MA program is February 1.

Graduate student applicants must apply online. Contact the Graduate School (406-243-2572) with further questions regarding the online application process. If admitted, students may begin their graduate program in either Summer Session or Fall Semester. 

English Language Requirements: 
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 7.0 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally into a graduate program or as a graduate non-degree student and will be required to complete English as a Second Language (ESL) courses before participating in Counselor Education courses.