|Completion Time:||3.5 – 4 years *|
|Cost Per Year:||In state: $5,497 / Out of State: $7,897|
|Complete Program Cost:||In state: $21,990 / Out of State: $31,590|
* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer
The purpose of the program is to provide (a) graduate-level training for individuals seeking employment by community mental health centers, the Arkansas State Department of Human Services, and other community agencies; (b) electives and enrichment for other master’s degree programs; and (c) courses of interest to persons holding a baccalaureate degree.
The master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling is designed to provide students with training in both clinical and developmental counseling. It also meets Arkansas licensure requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors. Candidates for this degree will be required to develop skills necessary to provide personal and group counseling for clients in mental health, community agencies, private practice, and business and industry settings. It is incumbent upon students from other states to determine the licensing requirements in their state.
A student’s plan of study is designed to meet licensure requirements according to Arkansas law. Southern Arkansas University is not responsible for courses required for licensure if the state changes requirements after the student’s program is approved. Earning a master’s degree from Southern Arkansas University does not mean that the degree recipient will receive a license.
Applicants to the MS in Counseling program are required to submit a letter of application prior to admission to the program.
- Our graduates can communicate effectively.
- Our graduates are prepared to be personally and socially responsible citizens.
- Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
- Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
- Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful.
Professional Education Core Courses (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 6003 Educational Research
Counseling Core Courses (57 credit hours)
- COUN 6403 Introduction to the Counseling Profession
- COUN 6413 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
- COUN 6423 Counseling Theories
- COUN 6433 Basic Counseling Skills
- COUN 6443 Group Counseling
- COUN 6453 Human Development for Helping Professionals
- COUN 6463 Career Counseling: Theory and Practice
- COUN 6473 Counseling in a Diverse Society
- COUN 6483 Assessment Procedures for Counselors
- COUN 6493 Practicum in Counseling
- COUN 6503 Case Management & DSM-IV Diagnosis
- COUN 6513 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I
- COUN 6523 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II
- COUN 6533 Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques
- COUN 6543 Substance Abuse Counseling: Theory and Practice
- COUN 6553 Marriage and Family Counseling: Theory and Practice
- COUN 6563 Human Sexuality: Concepts, Theory and Practice
- COUN 6573 Psychopharmacology and the Counseling Profession
- COUN 6583 Counseling Children and Adolescents
Each candidate for the master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling will be required to complete the 60 semester hours listed in the catalog.The Board of Examiners in Counseling accepts only grades of A or B in these courses.