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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School Counseling, MS


Total Hours Required for Degree: 60

McNeese State University’s Master of Science in School Counseling program prepares master’s level graduates to function as school counselors within elementary, junior, and high schools with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. This program offers specialized training in helping students navigate emotional and interpersonal challenges and advising on academic issues. It also provides the academic training necessary to apply for licensure as a School Counselor. Training prepares graduates to work in any K-12 environment.

The student is required to complete 44 hours of core credits (shared with the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program) and 16 credit hours specific to School Counseling for a total of 60 credit hours. This is a non-thesis program that includes a practicum and internship. McNeese State University’s Department of Psychology and Counseling has many off-campus practicum and internship sites for students to gain valuable experience while completing the Master of Science degree.

Program Admission


In addition to the general requirements for admission  to the William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies, applicants for admission to the School Counseling, MS program must have a minimum score of 285 on the GRE (Quantitative + Verbal).

The above are considered minimum requirements. In addition, students must submit an application to and be interviewed by the Counseling Program Admissions and Retention Committee. If accepted into the program, the student will be admitted to candidacy upon successful completion of 9 hours or the first semester of graduate work. Students are considered to be working on the Master of Science in School Counseling only after being accepted by the committee and being admitted to candidacy.

The School Counseling, MS program accepts new students only in the fall semester.

General Notes


  • At least one-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree, excluding credit for thesis, must be at the 600 level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 8 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations  page.