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 health 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 individuals interested in being better equipped to work with the mental health needs of their clients and/or students, develop professionals’ skills to work in a wide range of helping related fields and uncover leadership and relational skills that are critical to working with the lives diverse populations. The degree is also valuable for meeting entry requirements into doctoral study.
Program designed to provide strong foundations for students who might continue on for further education and degrees, such as a Doctoral program (Ph.D.).
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 engage with 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.
It is difficult to name a singular way of being "successful" in being accepted to the program. Applicants are considered within a constellation of skills and knowledges they bring forward in their application, including but not limited to past academic performance, demonstration of relational skills and ethics, multicultural understandings, reflexivity in understanding self, and interest in academic and theoretical understandings of mental health, counseling, and education. Becoming familiar with our program philosophy and mission is also helpful, as it also shows us your intention in joining our program.
There are two face-to-face workshops for the MA Education (counseling) degree. These workshops are typically held in January of Spring semester and in June of the summer semester, near the end of your studies. These workshops are intentionally integrated into your studies and expose you to a variety of counseling skills, including Cross-Cultural Counseling and Active Listening skills (CSP 600-CSP600L) and Group Counseling (CSP 670 & 670L).
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. Faculty are well connected in the community, and there are multiple partnerships with the program and large community providers. While an internship is not required as part of your graduating criteria, you will be provided with multiple internship and volunteer opportunities that we highly recommend engaging with.
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, and middle and high school settings.
The MA 30 unit program offers classes that focus on both qualitative and quantitative research methods to help prepare students in the area of research. Students will also be required to take a 3-unit seminar courses that includes a research component. This can help students build on these research experiences that can begin the preparation for doctoral work. Students are able to explore different options, and have questions answered, including identifying differences between the Ph.D., Ed.D and Psy.D.
Additionally, a high level of reading and writing is required throughout the program, and faculty work with students to encourage, maintain, and support a high level of writing that is expected from Master's students.
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