Graduate Programs in Counseling

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development offers several options for Master of Science degrees in Counseling.

Fall 2018 application deadlines:
  • MS, Counseling - School Counseling, Student Affairs and College Counseling, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, MA Education, Counseling and Student Services and PPS Credential - Program & Cal State Apply application:  March 1, 2018
  • MS, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Program & Cal State Apply application: June 1, 2018

Master of Science Programs

Master of Science in Counseling, Option School Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling with and option in School Counseling is a 48-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in educational settings (K-12).

The School Counseling option is designed to complement the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) curriculum and is intended to enhance preparation of public and private school counselors. The PPS credential is required of those seeking employment as counselors in the K-12 public schools.

Preparation for the School Counseling option requires knowledge of individual and group dynamics, advising practices in specialized settings, and an understanding of the developmental issues associated with students' maturation process. It requires an appreciation of organizational dynamics and a firm foundation in counseling theory as well as acquisition of counseling skills appropriate for use with students from diverse populations and backgrounds. APPLY NOW!

 -- Pupil Personnel Services Credential

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential is required for employment as a counselor in elementary, middle/intermediate, and secondary public schools in California. This credential may be attained in conjunction with a master's degree, or may itself be the educational objective. Candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a subject matter other than Education.  Some California school districts stipulate that applicants have either prior teaching experience or a master's degree or both to be employed as a counselor, but this is not mandated by law. 

The PPS Credential Program consists of 48 units, most of which overlap with coursework taken for the MS in Counseling: Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling or MS in Counseling: School Counseling. APPLY NOW!

Master of Science in Counseling, Option Student Affairs and College Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling with an option in Student Affairs and College Counseling is a 48-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in post-secondary and related settings.

The Student Affairs and College Counseling Option is designed to prepare individuals for employment as student service professionals in four-year university and community college. Graduates with this degree option are prepared for employment in the multi- faceted arena of post-secondary education.

Preparation for the Student Affairs and College Counseling option requires knowledge of individual and group dynamics, advising practices in specialized settings, and an understanding of the developmental issues associated with students' maturation process. It requires an appreciation of organizational dynamics and a firm foundation in counseling theory as well as acquisition of counseling skills appropriate for use with students from diverse populations and backgrounds. In addition, counselors are also required to know, understand, and address the impact of crises, disasters, and trauma-causing events on students in the post-secondary community. The 2009 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards includes content in crises management (suicide, disasters, and substance abuse). APPLY NOW!

Master of Science in Counseling, Option Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling is a 60-unit professional degree program designed for persons who desire to practice in the field of counseling. The degree may qualify graduates for employment in private or agency counseling practices, county mental health programs, employee assistance programs, drug and alcohol abuse centers, and hospital mental health settings. Completion of the MS in Counseling with an option in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling fulfills the educational requirements for the state of California Marriage and Family Therapist License. APPLY NOW!

Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a 60-unit professional degree program designed to cover two to three years of full-time coursework, including a full semester of internship. The program combines classroom and practical field experiences, which integrates theory and practice of rehabilitation counseling. Upon graduation, all students are expected to be competent in individual and group counseling, case management, medical and psychological aspects of disability, ethics, assessment, independent living philosophy, and all other knowledge domain areas of the Commission on the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC).

The program is ranked among the top 13 in the country by the U.S. News and World Report and is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Students are eligible to take the national exam to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) during the last semester of study. APPLY NOW!

Master of Arts in Education Program

Master of Arts in Education, Option Counseling and Student Services

The Master of Arts in Education with an option in counseling and student services is designed for individuals seeking advancements in careers within educational settings.

The degree program provides preparation for those seeking development for careers or professional positions in educational settings, social services, business, religious organizations or other positions requiring expertise in counseling and/or student services. Individuals who are specifically interested in becoming a school counselor in K12 settings should seek the MS in Counseling, Option in School Counseling and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Those specifically interested in becoming a higher education counselor should seek the MS in Counseling, Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling. APPLY NOW