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Counseling, Master of Arts Degree


Program Contact Info

Rebecca Scherer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: (775) 682-7873

Application Deadline for Fall 2016: February 1

Welcome to the M.A. in Counseling website! We are pleased that you are interested in our programs and hope that the information you find on this site is useful.

Academic Unit

The M.A. in Counseling is part of the Counseling and Educational Psychology program. We offer three specializations: marital, couple, and family counseling/therapy, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is a specialized accrediting body that evaluates professional preparation programs for counselors.
Our marital, couple, and family counseling/therapy track has been CACREP accredited since 2007. Our school counseling track has been accredited since 1994. Our clinical mental health track is going up for accreditation in 2016.

Program Faculty

Click on any of our faculty members below to learn more!

Rebecca SchererTom HarrisonAshley LuedkeJill PackmanDr. Brenda Freeman, PhD Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements

  • GRE
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Statement of career goals
  • Resume
  • Three professional letters of recommendations
  • Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty
  • School counseling licensure is available for those without previous K-12 teaching experience. However, those without previous teaching experience are required to secure successful documented volunteer teaching and/or para-counseling experiences in an elementary or secondary school setting prior to admission to the program.

Program Requirements

The specific curriculum requirements are adapted to the professional program and the needs of the student. Students should not enroll in any graduate-level course without first securing the approval of the department that such a course is acceptable toward a selected major or minor. All degree candidates are required to complete 6-12 credits of internship and a research course. In addition, all students are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination which may or may not be above the 36 to 48 credits of approved courses.

Program Hours

The specialization in marital, couple, and family counseling therapy is a 67 credit hour nationally accredited (CACREP) program. The school counseling, also CACREP accredited, is 55 credit hours. The clinical mental health emphasis is a 65 credit-hour program. Program outlines are available for each area of specialization under the "Overview" tab.

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4345 (Main)
(775) 784-4298 (Advising Center)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Location William J Raggio Building

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