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


The Master of Science in Counseling with an option in Student Affairs and College Counseling (SACC) is a 48-unit counseling-based program that prepares individuals for positions in student affairs and other key positions to facilitate student success in a higher education setting. The SACC program provides individuals with the academic preparation and training to effectively address the academic, career, and personal counseling needs of college students. SACC students receive extensive training and supervision in the core conditions of Person-Centered Counseling through coursework, practicum, and field practice. The application of the core conditions in the work of student affairs professionals is essential in developing cohesive working relationships and understanding the needs of diverse students in higher education. The classroom and experiential opportunities allow SACC students to learn, practice, and apply their counseling knowledge in a variety of higher education settings.


The program curriculum consists of a) core counseling classes, b) SACC specialization classes, and c) completion of a culminating experience plus elective classes. The core counseling coursework will equip students with knowledge of counseling theories and approaches. The SACC specialization coursework will introduce students to college student development theories and student affairs as a helping profession. For the culminating experience, students have the option to complete a comprehensive exam, project, or thesis.

The program curriculum is grounded in experiential learning. SACC students are provided with opportunities to develop and enhance their counseling skills in the classroom setting during coursework, counseling booth setting during practicum, and higher education setting during field practice. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counseling practicum experiences in the first year of the program. Then, students complete 600 hours of supervised counseling field practice experiences over two semesters in the second year of the program.

Core Counseling

  • COUN 200 Counseling Techniques
  • COUN 201 Multicultural Aspects of Counseling
  • COUN 202 Group Counseling
  • COUN 203 Assessment in Counseling
  • COUN 206 Counseling Through the Lifespan
  • COUN 208 Practicum in Counseling
  • COUN 220 Career Development Theory
  • ERE 220 Research in Education

SACC Specialization

  • COUN 214S Student Development Theory
  • COUN 215 Foundations of Student Services
  • COUN 219 Field Practice in Student Services
  • EAD 261 Introduction to Educational Administration
  • ERE 220 Educational Measurement and Program Evaluation

Culminating Experience

  • COUN 298 Project, COUN 299 Thesis, or COMP Comprehensive Exam 


SACC alumni are changing the face of the student affairs profession. They are making a difference in higher education institutions across the state of California and the nation. Below are some of the institutions that alumni of the program are currently employed at:

Institutional Context

Name of Institution

California Community Colleges System

  • Bakersfield College
  • College of the Sequoia
  • Clovis Community College
  • Fresno City College
  • Grossmont College
  • Hartnell College
  • Madera Community College
  • Merced College
  • Reedley College
  • Sierra College
  • West Hills College


California State University System

  • East Bay
  • Fresno
  • Fullerton
  • Long Beach
  • Monterey Bay
  • Sacramento 
  • San Bernardino
  • Stanislaus
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Sonoma


University of California System

  • Davis
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Santa Cruz


Other California Institutions

  • Fresno Pacific University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific


Institutions Outside of California

  • Montana State University-Great Falls College
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland Community College
  • Rutgers University
  • The University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of Oregon

Graduates of the program hold positions within student affairs and other key positions that allow them to directly impact student success. Below are some of the job titles alumni of the program currently hold:

  • Academic Advisor/Counselor
  • Accommodations Coordinator
  • Admissions Advisor/Counselor
  • Advising Center Coordinator
  • Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services
  • Assistant Director of Educational Opportunity Program and Special Support Programs
  • Assistant Director of Orientation
  • Assistant Professor of Student Affairs and College Counseling
  • Associate Director of Admissions
  • Athletic Academic Advisor
  • Campus Life Advisor for Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Career Advisor/Counselor
  • Counselor
  • Director of Enrollment Services
  • Financial Aid Analyst
  • Graduate Degree Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Institutional Research and Data Analyst
  • International Admissions Specialists
  • Off-Campus Student Life and Innovation Coordinator
  • Outreach Counselor
  • Program Coordinator of TRiO Student Support Services Program
  • Program Director of the TRiO Upward Bound Program
  • Retention Specialist
  • Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
  • Student Affairs Officer
  • Study Abroad Advisor
  • Testing Services Coordinator
  • Veterans Counselor
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