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Counseling, Master of Arts Degree


Specialization Information

This program prepares prospective students in one of three areas of specialization:

Program Contact Info

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

Interested in applying for this program or learning more? Sign up to attend the Prospective Students Meeting on Friday, November 6 at 4pm here.

Emphasis in marital, couple, and family counseling/therapy is a 67 credit hour nationally accredited (CACREP) program. Graduates of the specialization in marital, couple and family counseling/therapy are able to deal effectively with the variety of issues and family constellations. Students receive in-depth training in conceptualization skills as well as in the theoretical and practical application of systems theory. Aside from formal clinical coursework, graduate students have the opportunity to intern in the Downing Counseling Clinic, located within the College of Education. This clinic serves numerous university students as well as individuals and families from the surrounding community. There are also opportunities to provide consultation as well as group counseling to various agencies in the community.

The clinical mental health counseling emphasis is a 65 credit hour program that will be going under review for CACREP accreditation in 2016. The purpose of this extensive training is to prepare future clinicians for working with individuals in the community. Students in our program receive in-depth training in clinical issues, conceptualization skills, and treatment planning. The emphasis strives to provide the necessary self-awareness, knowledge, and skills to effectively deliver individualized treatment in the community.

The school counseling emphasis focuses on the developmental model of school counseling. School counselor students take the core counseling curriculum, as well as specialty courses in the foundation of school counseling, counseling and guidance program development, and consultation. The emphasis strives to provide the necessary self-awareness, knowledge, and skills to effectively deliver a comprehensive counseling emphasis. Completion of the emphasis qualifies students for licensure as a school counselor in Nevada.

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
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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