Are you looking for a career where you can help transform lives? With an online counseling degree in clinical mental health you'll be prepared to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention, and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals.
The Master of Science in Counseling is a distance learning, professional preparation program for individuals with the goal of becoming licensed mental health counselors or licensed professional counselors. Our program stresses a client-centered philosophy, which empowers our graduates to guide their clients on a journey to discover their full potential for happiness and healing. Students are encouraged to explore their interests within the framework of our curriculum to provide them with the flexibility they will need to be successful therapists and counselors.
Students can pursue areas of emphases in Addictions Counseling; Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Social Justice in Counseling; and Somatic Counseling.
Students can also earn post-master's certificates in Adventure-based Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Expressive Art Therapy, or Equine-Assisted Mental Health to enhance their learning and their future practice. Students interested in pursuing a post-graduate certificate are encouraged to do so concurrently with the Master of Science in Counseling program in order to integrate learning from both areas.
Unlike 100% online degrees, this online counseling program is a limited-residency format that combines online classes and in-person opportunities to connect with faculty and other students.
M.S. in Counseling – Program Features
- A vision of mental health that is founded in the concept of experiential awareness.
- Learning that is grounded in a holistic approach to the client’s personal growth. Mind, body, spirit and cultural context are honored so clients can come to realize their potential for happiness.
- Integration of personal learning goals within state-required courses in Counseling support a professionally credible, student-directed educational experience.
- Limited-residency format that allows students to pursue their programs of study where they live and work without interrupting jobs, family life, or connections to their own communities.
- Core courses are infused with the distinctive Prescott College values of ecological stewardship and social justice, incorporating an awareness of and sensitivity to the environmental and cultural contexts in which learning and the application of learning occur.
- The program is geared toward licensure. We aim to prepare every graduate for a career as an independently functioning Mental Health Counselor who can contribute powerfully to the promotion and facilitation of health and healing.
- Students complete their courses with qualified instructors who are experts in the course content areas within the field of counseling.
Counseling Core Courses
- Professional Orientation to Mental Health Counseling, 3 credits
- Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, 3 credits
- Human Growth and Development, 3 credits
- Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling, 3 credits
- Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling, 3 credits
- Social Justice in Counseling, 3 credits
- Helping Relationships: Basic Counseling Skills, 3 credits
- Career and Lifestyle Development: Challenges of Adulthood, 3 credits
- Group Work: Clinical Theory and Practice, 3 credits
- Assessment: Psychological Testing and Appraisal in Counseling, 3 credits
- Professional Counseling Ethics, 3 credits
- Counseling Theories, 3 credits
- Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, 3 credits
- Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse, 3 credits
- Elective courses: Up to 20 elective courses offered, half in even-numbered years and half in odd-numbered years
- Emphases offered in: Addiction Counseling; Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Social Justice in Counseling; and Somatic Counseling
- Post-graduate certificates offered in: Adventure-based Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Equine-Assisted Mental Health
Counseling Graduation Requirements
Students complete three components – theory (coursework), practicum and internship, and an exit exam, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE). Students seeking to complete a concentration must complete additional coursework and, in some cases, participate in additional experience-based workshops to hone their professional skills.
*Completion of a graduate-level counseling degree may not lead to licensure in all states/regions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to research licensure requirements in their own states/countries, especially in the following locations: Kentucky, California, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, and Greenland. Those applicants planning to work for the Department of Veteran's affairs are also encouraged to research employment requirements for military and veteran counselors.
The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program issues an annual report each year. To view our annual report, select a year below. You can also view program statistics.
- Master of Science in Counseling Program Evaluation Outcome Report 2014-15 Academic Year
- Master of Science in Counseling Program Evaluation Outcome Report 2015-16 Academic Year
- Master of Science in Counseling Program Evaluation Outcome Report 2017-18 Academic Year
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- 2 letters of recommendation
- Completed Application
- Current resume
- Official transcripts
- Personal statement
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Addiction Counselor
- Somatic Therapist
- Professional competence in counseling skills and practice
- The ability to integrate global and local issues with professional counseling practice
- An awareness of the need to cultivate respect for cultural differences and similarities and the ability to apply this cultural sensitivity to the counseling profession
- Identification and development of a personal theoretical knowledge base that promotes an intentional counseling practice
- The skills to assess, develop, and apply interventions and techniques based on the culture, uniqueness, and needs of each client
- An awareness and understanding of how to resolve ethical and legal issues in the counseling profession
It doesn't really feel like an online program...it feels like a residential program where we all just live in different places and come together and see each other every now and again."