Counseling, M.S.

Department of Counseling, College of Education

Vision Statement

The purpose of the Counseling Department is to prepare a diverse student population at the master’s degree level for professional service as school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, student affairs professionals, and/or for advanced study. Graduates of the program are prepared to function professionally within their area(s) of concentration.

As dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens, our graduates are prepared to fill the need for highly trained professionals. Graduates are trained to support the broad range of counseling needs of the metropolitan community including: individual, couples, family and group counseling.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Paul Barnes, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Roskens Hall 101


Program Website:

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test(MAT)
    • May be waived if an advanced degree has been completed
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • From persons who can speak for the candidate’s professional competence and academic ability
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 15 undergraduate or graduate hours in behavioral science, not including counseling courses.
  • Completion of a personality inventory
  • Group interview results
  • Writing sample, if not completed as part of the GRE

MS-COUN Degree Requirements

MS-COUN Concentrations:

Student must select an area of concentration.

See Counseling, M.S. Concentrations.

MS-COUN Exit Requirements:

Comprehensive Examination

PSYC 8446Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

Note: All graduate students must take an abnormal psychology course (3 hours), either at the graduate or undergraduate level, prior to graduation. Check with the state where you are anticipating practice to note if the course needs to be a graduate level course, or if undergraduate is acceptable for credential/licensure requirements. This course does NOT count as part of the 48 hour degree program requirement.

See Concentrations for complete degree totals.

MS-COUN-Other Program-Related Information:

  • Note: Earning a graduate degree in counseling does not satisfy all requirements placed on individuals who wish to practice counseling. Although the University may issue a degree in Counseling, the graduate must satisfy requirements of the appropriate credentialing body. For example, the Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) or School Counselor endorsement are issued after meeting requirements of Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services or the Nebraska Department of Education respectively.
  • In Nebraska, the School Counseling endorsement requires a valid teaching certificate and a minimum of two years full-time successful teaching experience.
  • Successful completion of an internship and the comprehensive exam are requirements for graduation. Graduates are recommended only for positions consistent with the concentration they completed.
  • Candidates are admitted and permitted to continue programs in counseling on the basis of their potential for successful training and professional practice. Candidates are evaluated with respect to their suitability for continuation in the program prior to taking the Counseling Practicum or Internship courses. Specific course and grade requirements to take Practicum courses are available in the Counseling Department office.
  • The K-12 School and Community concentrations are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the national accrediting agency for Counselor Education programs.
  • Ethical Conduct : It should be understood that academic performance is not the only criterion for continuation in the program or for graduation. Candidates are expected to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct pertaining to academic course work, professional practice and research activity. Any breach in ethical conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action, regardless of the candidate's prior or current academic performance. See the "American Counseling Association Code of Ethics" for specific guidelines.