The Master of Science in Professional Counseling is designed for individuals interested in becoming professional counselors, helping individuals with a variety of psychological, social and emotional disabilities. Individuals graduating with a professional counseling degree may be prepared for a career as a counselor, mental health counselor, marriage and family counselor, substance abuse and behavior disorder counselor, or school psychologist. As a professional counselor, you will be providing emotional support to help individuals develop trust and confidence.
The master's in counseling focuses on a variety of topics, including counseling orientation and ethics; counseling theories; addictions and substance use disorders; group counseling theory and practice; social and cultural diversity issues in counseling; psychopharmacology and addictions; human sexuality, aging, and long-term care; counseling skills in the helping relationships; human growth and development; marriage and family therapy; spousal and child abuse, crisis, and trauma counseling; tests and appraisal in counseling; career development and counseling; research methods; diagnostics, assessment, and treatment; and psychopathology and counseling.
The program‛s courses were selected to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC) and by Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. A master's degree in counseling is a required step in 48 states including Arizona for individuals seeking to become licensed as counselors.
Graduates from this master's in counseling program are prepared to meet the academic requirements for licensure in Arizona as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) or a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC.) Additionally, graduates from most other states will be academically prepared to begin the process of seeking certification andor licensure in their home state. Licensing andor certification requirements may vary from state to state. It is the students' responsibility to check the licensing certification requirements in their respective states.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.