Program Requirements

MA in Counseling, School Counseling Specialization

- School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential (48-Units)
- School Based Clinical Counseling: PPS with LPCC Eligibility (60-Units)

Online Application:

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee

    • Upload the following to submit your online application
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Resume
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information

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  • An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.
  • Students who earned their bachelor's degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by a NACES current member.  
  • Applications for students educated outside the United States will not be considered complete nor can an admissions decision be made until this degree evaluation has been submitted.
  • NOTE:  
    • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to grads@sandiego.edu.
    • Transcripts from study abroad courses and/or transfer credit are not required.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from professors or employers

Resume:

  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose:

  • (48-unit track500-word maximum: Please include a brief narrative describing yourself, your career goals and the importance of graduate study in school counseling at this point in your life. You may discuss influences on your intellectual development, educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) which have been available to you, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. This should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application; it should give the Admissions Committee a better sense of who you are and why you are applying to the school counseling specialization at the University of San Diego.
  • (60-unit track500-word maximum: Please include a brief narrative describing yourself, your career goals, and the importance of graduate study in school based clinical counseling at this point in your life. You may discuss influences on your intellectual development, educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) which have been available to you, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. This should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application; it should give the Admissions Committee a better sense of who you are and why you are applying to the school counseling specialization at the University of San Diego and have an interest in providing school based mental health services.

English Proficiency Exam for International Applicants:


Education Requirements:

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred.
  • The minimum cumulative Grade Point Average is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses, but undergraduate coursework in psychology and/or other social science fields is recommended.

Experience Requirements:

Experience in a related field is recommended, but not required for admission.

Interview Requirement:

After an initial review of applications to the Counseling program, the most qualified candidates will be invited to USD for a group interview with the Counseling faculty.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Degree Requirements

Program Specialization Courses

Students in all counseling program areas complete courses designed to meet program requirements recommended by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). All students complete core and specialization courses specific to their areas of professional practice. The program requires the student to complete three terms of practicum or fieldwork in an approved setting related to the student’s career goal. 

School Counseling Program Plan - Year 1

Fall I
COUN 507Professional Identity, Law and Ethics in School Counseling3
COUN 520Counseling Theories and Practice3
COUN 564Counseling Skills3
Intersession I
COUN 505Human Development3
Spring I
COUN 530Assessment Techniques in Counseling3
COUN 536Applied Theories and Techniques for Counseling in School Settings3
COUN 588PPracticum: School3
Summer I
COUN 510Career Development Across the Lifespan3
COUN 515Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 526Group Counseling3
Total Units30

School Counseling Program Plan - Year 2

Fall II
COUN 533Seminar in Field Based Research: Proposal Development1.5
COUN 544Intro Family Counseling3
COUN 590FFieldwork in School Settings3
Intersession II
COUN 531Advanced Topics in School Counseling3
Spring II
COUN 534Seminar in Field Based Research: Analysis and Reporting of Research1.5
COUN 537School Counseling Consultation, Crisis, and Trauma3
COUN 590FFieldwork in School Settings3
Total Units18

Clinical Contact Hours

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 100 clock hours (minimum of 40 direct service hours) of supervised practicum over one semester and 600 (minimum of 240 direct service hours) clock hours of supervised fieldwork over two semesters.

Clinical Instruction Benchmark Assessment (CIBA)

A Clinical Instruction Benchmark Assessment (CIBA) is utilized to assess readiness for practicum training and to provide candidates with personal and professional development feedback.

Fieldwork Readiness Meeting

A fieldwork readiness meeting is held following the practicum to provide candidates with personal and professional development feedback, to assess progress in the program, and to determine the student's readiness for advancement to fieldwork. For School Counseling students, the fieldwork readiness meeting is completed prior to approval to register for the Fieldwork in School Settings course (COUN 590).

Capstone Research Project Defense

The Counseling Program utilizes a capstone research project defense as part of the assessment of student readiness to complete the program. The Research project defense requires that students complete a  research project in consultation with their advisor. The defense is a public presentation of the student’s research project and its findings. In addition to the presentation, each student is required to turn in a formal written ‘Research Brief’ project report. The Research defense is generally taken during the final semester of courses.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally, and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Degree Requirements

Program Specialization Courses

Students in all counseling program areas complete courses designed to meet program requirements recommended by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). All students complete core and specialization courses specific to their areas of professional practice. The program requires the student to complete three terms of practicum or fieldwork in an approved setting related to the student’s career goal. 

Fall I
COUN 507Professional Identity, Law and Ethics in School Counseling3
COUN 520Counseling Theories and Practice3
COUN 541Advanced Counseling: Diagnosis And Treatment Planning3
COUN 564Counseling Skills3
Intersession I
COUN 505Human Development3
Spring I
COUN 530Assessment Techniques in Counseling3
COUN 536Applied Theories and Techniques for Counseling in School Settings3
COUN 549Psychopharmacology3
COUN 588PPracticum: School3
Summer I
COUN 510Career Development Across the Lifespan3
COUN 515Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 526Group Counseling3
Fall II
COUN 533Seminar in Field Based Research: Proposal Development1.5
COUN 542Addictions Counseling3
COUN 544Intro Family Counseling3
COUN 590FFieldwork in School Settings3
Intersession II
COUN 531Advanced Topics in School Counseling3
Spring II
COUN 534Seminar in Field Based Research: Analysis and Reporting of Research1.5
COUN 537School Counseling Consultation, Crisis, and Trauma3
COUN 550Couples and Sexuality3
COUN 590FFieldwork in School Settings3
Total Units60

Clinical Contact Hours

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 100 clock hours (minimum of 40 direct service hours) of supervised practicum over one semester and 600 (minimum of 240 direct service hours) clock hours of supervised fieldwork over two semesters. 

Clinical Instruction Benchmark Assessment (CIBA)

A Clinical Instruction Benchmark Assessment (CIBA) is utilized to assess readiness for practicum training and to provide candidates with personal and professional development feedback.

Fieldwork Readiness Meeting

A fieldwork readiness meeting is held following the practicum to provide candidates with personal and professional development feedback, to assess progress in the program, and to determine the student's readiness for advancement to fieldwork. For School Counseling students, the fieldwork readiness meeting is completed prior to approval to register for the Fieldwork in School Settings course (COUN 590).

Capstone Research Project Defense

The Counseling Program utilizes a capstone research project defense as part of the assessment of student readiness to complete the program. The Research project defense requires that students complete a  research project in consultation with their advisor. The defense is a public presentation of the student’s research project and its findings. In addition to the presentation, each student is required to turn in a formal written ‘Research Brief’ project report. The Research defense is generally taken during the final semester of courses.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally, and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.

Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered for admission.


Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received, please log into the MySanDiego portal or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.


Submit all supplemental materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
University of San Diego, Manchester Hall 105
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492 
grads@sandiego.edu


For questions about the admissions contact:

SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143
(619) 260-7988 
solesadmissions@sandiego.edu
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