Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

Counseling, Master of Science


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The Counseling program is intended to prepare students for licensing by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to work in a wide range of community programs. Such programs include mental health hospital units, psychological/social service agencies, career development centers, marriage and family counseling services programs (including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly populations), law enforcement and legal agencies, business and industry, college counseling centers, and any other non-school settings in which counseling skills are needed. Students may select one of four concentrations: Industrial/Organizational Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis or School Adjustment Counseling

Admission Requirements

Specific additional admission requirements.

Passing score on the Communication and Literacy MTEL, both the reading and writing subtest, is required for the School Adjustment Counseling concentration.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the Counseling program must have completed 18 hours of study in the field of psychology and/or the behavioral sciences, a course in General Psychology, or the equivalent; a course in Statistics and Experimentation, or the equivalent and satisfactory performance in the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test.

Program Requirements


Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

The Mental Health Counseling with MA DESE School Adjustment Counselor Initial License concentration require the completion of 75 credit hours of course work. The Marriage and Family Counseling concentration requires the completion of 63 credit hours of course work. The School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker  concentration requires the completion of 75 credit hours of course work. 

Specialization Specific Requirements


Mental Health Counseling Specialization (24 credits)


This concentration of graduate study leads toward licensing by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Mental Health Counselor.

Additional Information and Notes


The successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination is required for completion of degree requirements.

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