Counseling - College Student Personnel, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    16415 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    16415 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
, CT,
Offering Master of Science (M.S.) and 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Study Degrees. We have a long tradition of preparing our graduates for outstanding careers in professional counseling and seek students interested in personal as well as professional growth.

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Offering Master of Science (M.S.) and 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Study Degrees

We have a long tradition of preparing our graduates for outstanding careers in professional counseling and seek students interested in personal as well as professional growth.

The Counseling Program promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to community service. Our curriculum is offered in an international, culturally diverse, supportive learning environment which prepares counselors for leadership in our increasingly interconnected world.

The College Student Personnel Concentration is designed to prepare students for counseling careers in higher education. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in college and university settings and for careers at institutions of higher education throughout the country. Advanced coursework in this concentration includes classes in career and lifestyle development, organization and administration of higher education, and college student development. This program is 47 credit hours and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. No special licensing post-degree is required for college student personnel job placement.

Career Paths

The Master of Science in Counseling offers three concentrations:

  • College Student Personnel -prepares students for careers in higher education
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – prepares students for careers in community counseling, substance abuse treatment, crisis counseling centers and mental health
  • Human Services – prepares students for careers in social service agencies

Students in each concentration share a core counseling curriculum with the remaining coursework selected based upon their chosen concentration. All counseling students complete a supervised field and internship experience in their area of concentration, college student personnel, Clinical Mental Health counseling/mental health, or human services.

Coursework for Adult Learners and Professionals

The Master of Science in Counseling degree program runs coursework evenings (beginning at 4pm) and weekends to meet the needs of working adults. With the help of a personal academic advisor, each student completes the program at his or her own pace. Core courses build counseling knowledge and counseling skills in the following areas:

  • Human growth and development
  • The helping relationship
  • Lifestyle and career development
  • Research and evaluation
  • Social and cultural foundations
  • Professional orientation, ethics and behavior

Counselor Development

There are three dimensions to your development as a counselor:

  • Your personal growth and development (you as a person who counsels)
  • Your intellectual growth and development (your professional knowledge)
  • Your counseling skill set

Our curriculum is designed to address all three dimensions, inspiring personal growth, building professional knowledge and honing counseling skills. These aspects of counselor development are important to all counseling students irrespective of their specific career path.

6th Year Program

The 6th Year Program is designed for students who have achieved a master’s degree applicable to counseling or related field and need to supplement their coursework in clinical mental health skills and appraisal procedures. This advanced 30 credit program offers core courses in substance abuse counseling, psychopharmacology, evidence based therapies, and counseling special populations. In addition an internship/practicum in clinical mental health is required.

Accreditation

The University is accredited by the State of Connecticut Board of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Professional association guidelines and standards are followed within the program, an d the Clinical Mental Health Concentration closely follows the guidelines provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for the licensing of professional counseling.

Programme Structure

The Division of Counseling offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services, and College Student Personnel. In addition to the master’s degree, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is offered for those who wish to take specialized courses beyond the masters and/or complete licensure requirements. Students who apply to one program and wish to transfer to another must apply to change programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Bachelors degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university or recognized international institution

Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher

Nine credits in undergraduate psychology coursework with a grade of B or higher; three of the nine credits may be in an area closely related to psychology

  • It is recommended that clinical mental health counseling applicants have three undergraduate credits in either abnormal psychology or psychopathology

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16415 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16415 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • National Applies to you

    16415 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16415 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.

Living costs for Bridgeport

1,100 - 1,600 USD/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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