MS Clinical Counseling

Clinical Counseling

The primary goal of the Clinical Counseling Program is to prepare professional counselors who desire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide therapeutic services to consumers of mental health services.  Graduates of the program are eligible to attain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, and work in a variety of agencies, businesses, hospitals, and private practices. The faculty of the Clinical Counseling program are skilled educators and practitioners in the mental health profession and are committed to individual student needs, interests, and strengths, while providing a flexible educational experience.  The Clinical Counseling curriculum , consisting of 60 credit hours, meets the core requirements of both Kansas and national certifying and licensing boards. The program is also CACREP accredited, which assures the quality of the academic program, streamlines the licensure application process following graduation, and demonstrates the program has been reviewed against professionally approved standards. An essential part of our curriculum is practical clinical experience in a counseling setting (i.e., practicum experience in our campus clinic and the internship experience in a variety of counseling agencies).

Requirements and Courses

  • Submit an application to the ESU Graduate Office.
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or last 60 hour GPA of 3.25.
  • Submit a score of 181 for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a score of 400 for the Miller Analogy Test (MAT).
  • Submit three references from professionals closely associated with you who have knowledge about the counseling profession or mental health counseling.
  • Submit a letter of application that addresses three areas (see Additional Requirements for more information)
  • 60 hours needed for MS Degree in Mental Health Counseling
  • Thesis optional (counts 3 hours toward the 60)
  • Supervised Practicum in Mental Health Counseling is 3 credit hours of clinical experience.
  • Internship in Mental Health Counseling is 9 credit hours of clinical experience in an agency.
  • All core courses are designed to meet state and national preparation standards, as well as state and national certifying and licensing boards