Program Description

As a student in the School Counseling Master's program, you will work hands-on with professionals and educators to learn counseling techniques and to prepare you for jobs in the elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools or PK-12 schools.

The School Counseling option is designed for students interested in providing counseling in a K-12 setting. This option is open to students with or without a teaching certificate, and to students with a teacher certification who wish to earn a school counselor endorsement. Graduates will meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan.

At select CMU satellite locations, the MA in Counseling may be available with concentrations in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling. Click here for details and locations.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Graduate assistantships may be available through this graduate program. Please contact the Department of Counseling and Special Education for more details. Graduate students are eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional conferences and events.

School Counseling students may also apply for funding to engage in innovative service learning projects benefiting communities through the Counseling and Special Education (CSE) for Change program.

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines are February 1 for Summer and Fall admissions, and September 1 for Spring admission each year.

You must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7. Admission may be considered if your GPA is less than 2.7.

Please visit our department website for more details and additional information.

A complete application includes:

  • a Graduate Application;
  • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent to the Admissions Processing department (;
  • recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the Admissions Processing Department (use code 1106);
  • written Statement of Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Study; plus
  • two completed Program Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters are required for your application. Letters from family members or friends are not acceptable. Use the following Program Recommendation Form to provide to those people from whom you wish to receive recommendations: Program Letter of Recommendation Form.

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Graduation Requirements

After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and Development and a 600-hour internship experience in the counseling field under the mentorship of a licensed counselor. Prior to graduation, students must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).


The counseling program is currently pursuing accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Master's in Counseling: School Counseling

Department of Counseling and Special Education
195 Ojibwa Ct
Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859