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Counseling and Student Affairs

at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Program Details

  • Award: Master of Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified
  • Emphases:
  • Student Affairs and College Counseling, Credits: 24
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Credits: 24
  • School Counseling, Credits: 18

About this Program

The Counseling and Student Affairs (CNSA) program emphasizes the integration of counseling and developmental theories with interpersonal skill development. It has a generalist orientation, but can be individualized to meet each student´┐Żs educational and professional goals. The program provides extensive practical opportunities through practicum and internship experiences as well as relevant course work. It can be completed full-time in two years or part-time students have up to five years. The curriculum is designed to help students develop core-helping skills and engage in concentrated study in one of three degree emphases: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs and College Counseling, each of which has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). These programs also prepare students to apply for state licensing and national certification in professional counseling.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis prepares students for positions in community mental health settings as well as college and universities counseling services. A counseling practicum and an internship in a community counseling setting or college counseling center is required. Graduates may work in settings such as Community Mental Health Clinics, Hospital in-patient facilities, Marriage & Family Centers and college and university settings.

The School Counseling emphasis prepares students for licensure or certification as a school counselor. Students complete coursework as well as one semester of practicum and two semesters of internship in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. School counselors are no longer required to have a teaching license in order to become a school counselor in Minnesota or North Dakota.

The Student Affairs and College Counseling emphasis prepares students for positions in colleges and universities. The Student Affairs emphasis provides coursework specific to student affairs in higher education as well as three semesters of practicum/internship in a college or university setting. Student Affairs graduates may work in areas such as Admissions, Residence Halls, the Student Union, Financial Aid, and Advising Centers. The College Counseling emphasis prepares students to work in college counseling centers or college career counseling centers. A counseling practicum with college students and an internship in a college counseling center is required.

The Counseling and Student Affairs graduate program at MSUM is unique in its flexibility and individual attention to graduate students. Some of the strengths of the program include: small class sizes, frequent interaction between faculty, staff and students, with additional faculty support provided during practicum and internship semesters. In addition, students have an outstanding record of excelling on standardized national counselor examinations, which are necessary for certification and licensure. Graduates have high placement rates obtaining relevant employment in their field of interest. All of the courses are offered after 4:30 p.m. and in the evenings and majority of courses are offered on-line/hybrid to accommodate working, part-time and full-time student needs.

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead 56563

Labor Market Information

  • Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors

  • Median wage: $24.05/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
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Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56563 Toll-Free: (877) 678-6463 Local: (218) 477-2161 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email: admissions@mnstate.edu