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Northwest Missouri State University


School Counseling Major

School Counseling

Why get a master’s degree in school counseling?

The Master of Science Education in School Counseling is a 45-hour, two-year program that focuses on school counseling in elementary, middle and secondary schools. Students enroll in a cohort setting allowing for individualized support from faculty and classmates.

The program trains students in a developmental approach to school counseling and the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program. With using this approach, the program focuses on the three primary functions of the modern school counselor: consultation, coordination and counseling.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • undergraduate transcript from an accredited college which indicates:
    • a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 or above
    • a minimum GPA in the undergraduate declared major of 3.00
  • submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination
  • a written statement of career plans and philosophy of education
  • a written recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential as graduate student and as a school counselor from a certified school counselor, a school administrator or a college professor

Application deadline: March 1

For students without a teaching degree, 12 additional hours of coursework will be required.

An additional 6 hours are required for K-12 certification. See program coordinator for proper course selection for certification. See advisor for proper course sequencing.

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.