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Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling (Master of Arts)

Offered by: Counseling and Development

When people have difficulty coping with life's challenges or need support in meeting their educational and personal goals, a skilled, helping professional can make all the difference. SRU's Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling is a specialized program designed to prepare individuals for helping positions at colleges and universities such as mental health counseling, career counseling, health promotion, student support and disability services. Traditional counseling center positions frequently require state licensure.

Description

Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling is a 60-credit-hour, three-year specialty program that combines curriculum and practicum and internship experiences from the Student Affairs in Higher Education program and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Graduates are eligible for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC).

This program prepares students for counseling-focused positions at colleges and universities-including mental health counselor, career counselor, disabilities counselor, or academic advisor.

Licensure

The College Counseling program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. Passing the National Counselor Examination is also required to obtain the LPC. CDev is a graduate student administration site for the NCE allowing our students to take the exam prior to graduation. The final step to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania is to obtain supervised experience which can begin after the completion of 48 credits.

Licensure reuirements vary between states. If you wish to practice outside of Pennsylvania, we recommend you look at the specific state for their requirements. The American Counseling Association provides contact information for state boards at: https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards  

Highlights

Features of this program include:

  • Meets professional standards set by Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
  • 60-credit hour cohort program
  • Graduates are eligible for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC)
  • Graduates meet educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.

Requirements

  • Online Application and Application Fee
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for unconditional admission. Students with a grade point average below a 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office.  SRU's GRE code is 2658 and is MAT code is 1660.
  • Personal Statement indicating their interest in the program, experience, and career goals (please see prompt on the form).  
  • Reference Release Form listing your two academic references.  
  • Two Electronic Academic Reference Forms from a former or current college or university faculty member with knowledge of the applicant's academic aptitude, suitability for intended program area, and ability to form interpersonal relationships.  Recommendations must be on the appropriate forms, which are available electronically at www.sru.edu/graduate, under "Forms" or in the link above. 
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to graduate.admissions@sru.edu or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official)