The Master of Arts degree seeks to prepare professionals to address the mental health and relational needs of culturally different populations. The degree covers contemporary mental practices that focus on mental health recovery and trauma-informed care including integrated recovery and strength-based approaches. The degree is a wonderful building block for teachers to be better equipped to work with the mental health needs of their students, develop professionals’ skills to work in a wide range of helping related fields, as well as prepare students for more advanced training to be licensed professionals in mental health services. The degree is also valuable for meeting entry requirements into doctoral study.
5% is delivered in face-to-face intensives when the students will meet with faculty and fellow students in 3-5 day workshops.
Where there are 15 or more people assembled in a shared location anywhere in the world, we will come to you to deliver the face-to face portion.
These programs are designed for local and international students who are: entering the social services field as recent graduates from their bachelor's; interested in changing careers and wanting to explore the field of counseling; and for professionals who are already working in the field and want to expand their knowledge and credentials.
The program structure allows students to continue working full time. We are hoping to have a diverse student body that will contribute to each other's learning process.
M.A. program requires a Bachelor's degree. TOEFL results needed for international students from non-English speaking countries. You will also need to take the GRE exam.
Given you meet application requirements, there is a great advantage in enrolling in the 30 Unit MA (Counseling) as early as possible so as to secure a position in this program. A maximum of 30 students for the MA (Counseling) are admitted in any one year.
We find that employment for students post-graduation is available. Students are encouraged to make connections throughout their graduate experience and connect with faculty and site resources for possible employment opportunities. Graduate students optimize their chances for employment post graduation by immersing themselves in short-fieldwork experiences.
Graduates with the MA (Counseling) 30 unit program have historically been highly successful in gaining professional roles in the community including advising in community colleges, taking positions as behavior specialists, case managers, working in specialized mental health services, drug & alcohol services and elementary, middle and high school settings.
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