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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 as mental health counselors at colleges and universities. These mental-health counseling positions almost always require state licensure, which this degree makes possible. Individuals in other counseling-focused areas of student affairs-such as career counseling, health promotion services, and disability services-can also benefit from obtaining this degree.

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 Community Counseling program. Graduates are eligible for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC) and are license eligible in Pennsylvania as a professional counselor (LPC).

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

Highlights

Features of this program include:

  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*
  • 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)
  • Graduate are license-eligible in Pennsylvania as a professional counselor (LPC)

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 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)

*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation cycle runs through March of 2017. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is currently accredited under the 2001 Standards for Community Counseling Programs as a Community Counseling program. The 2009 Standards combine the Standards for Community Counseling Programs and Standards for Mental Health Counseling Programs into Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. The counseling program is currently seeking accreditation for this program when it comes up for re-accreditation, per CACRAP guidelines.)