Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Community Services

Admission Requirements

On-Campus M.A. Emphasis

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university (or be in a combined program).
  2. Twenty semester credits of coursework in the behavioral sciences at the undergraduate level, which must include theories of personality, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and statistics. Additional courses in psychology and sociology may be applied toward this prerequisite. Courses in other social science disciplines where the focus is on the description or explanation of individual or group behavior may be accepted in fulfillment of this prerequisite at the discretion of the department. Applicants must submit this information on the "Supplemental Application Form and Undergraduate Coursework Summary."
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A= 4.00).
  4. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam General Test or the Miller Analogies Test.
  5. Favorable recommendations and the admission committee’s perception of the “best fit” based on the applicant’s personal statement.
  6. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

On-Campus M.A. Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Counseling Psychology and Community Services programs.

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of sixty (60) semester credits, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the Thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth (15 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Preparation of a written thesis approved by the faculty advisor and Thesis committee.
  5. Comprehensive final examination.
  6. Required Core and Emphasis courses.

Non-Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of sixty (60) semester credits, including at least two credits of Independent Study or Scholarly Project.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth (15 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Preparation of a written independent study or scholarly project approved by the faculty advisor.
  5. Comprehensive final examination.
  6. Required Core and Emphasis courses.

Required Core Courses:

COUN 502Professional Issues in Counseling1
COUN 507Life-Span Development in Counseling3
COUN 510Counseling Methods3
COUN 515Methods of Research3
or EFR 509 Introduction to Applied Educational Research
COUN 518Group Theory and Process3
COUN 519Career Counseling3
COUN 520Diagnostic and Prevention Strategies in Counseling3
COUN 529Dynamics of Addiction3
COUN 530Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development3
COUN 532Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 533Couples And Family Counseling3
COUN 534Child and Adolescent Counseling 3
COUN 580Counseling Practicum4
COUN 995Scholarly Project (or COUN 997 or COUN 998 with special permission)2-4
or COUN 997 Independent Study
or COUN 998 Thesis
Total Credits40-42

Plus One of the Following Emphasis Areas:

Addiction Counseling Emphasis *
COUN 501Ethics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology3
COUN 517Psychological Testing3
COUN 587Addictions Counseling Internship (2 semesters; 6 credits/semester)12
Electives (i.e.)2-6
History of Psychology
Supervision and Consultation Theory and Practice
Professional Seminars
Counseling Psychology Research Practicum
Community Mental Health Counseling Emphasis
COUN 501Ethics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology3
COUN 517Psychological Testing3
COUN 584Community Counseling Internship (2 semesters; 6 credits/semester)12
Electives (i.e.)2-6
History of Psychology
Supervision and Consultation Theory and Practice
Professional Seminars
Counseling Psychology Research Practicum
Rehabilitation Counseling Emphasis **
COUN 506Rehabilitation Counseling: Foundations and Ethical Issues3
COUN 514Rehabilitation Counseling: Assessment and Evaluation3
COUN 588Rehabilitation Counseling Internship (2 semesters; 6 credits/semester)12
Electives (i.e.)2-6
History of Psychology
Supervision and Consultation Theory and Practice
Professional Seminars
Counseling Psychology Research Practicum
Child and Adolescent Counseling Emphasis
COUN 501Ethics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology3
COUN 517Psychological Testing3
COUN 582Child and Adolescent Counseling Internship (New Course Request) 2 semesters; 6 credits/semester12
Electives (i.e.)
History of Psychology
Supervision and Consultation Theory and Practice
Professional Seminars
Counseling Psychology Research Practicum
Total Credits
Core + Elective courses60

After successfully completing practicum, students will enroll in an Internship in COUN 582 Child and Adolescent Counseling Internship, COUN 584 Community Counseling Internship, COUN 587 Addictions Counseling Internship or COUN 588 Rehabilitation Counseling Internship, depending on program emphasis, which is a two-semester supervised counseling experience at an external site. Internship will typically be completed during the second year in the program for full-time students. Internship assignments are individually arranged and administered by the program’s Internship Coordinator.

In addition to this practitioner course sequence, students are required to complete a series of research training experiences, culminating in the completion of COUN 997 Independent Study or COUN 995 Scholarly Project an independent research project conducted under the direction of the student’s advisor. Students are encouraged to begin considering and planning their research project early in their program.

After completing the majority of coursework for the degree and advancing to candidacy, students are eligible to sit for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination, which is offered once each fall and spring semester. A passing score on the examination is required for graduation.

School Counseling Emphasis - Online

A Master of Arts in Counseling, with a school counseling emphasis is offered via a synchronous online program. The School Counseling emphasis prepares students to be culturally responsive professional school counselors who promote the academic, career, personal, and social development of K-12 students while being collaborative social justice leaders in their school communities. Completion of coursework prepares students to be credentialed from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction as a School Counselor and is compatible with licensure or credentialing requirements in other states. Program graduates are also eligible to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in North Dakota, as well as other states. 

Through online courses, practical experiences, and two four day on-campus visits for two consecutive summers, students are prepared to practice as culturally responsive and social justice oriented professional school counselors in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Students receive a broad, theoretical foundation in counseling, plus hands-on experiences. Social justice, advocacy, and culturally responsive training and practices are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Online M.A. Degree Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the K-12 School Counseling Emphasis you will need the following:

  1. A Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Completion of at least 20 semester credits of coursework in the behavioral sciences at the undergraduate level. These 20 credits must include the following prerequisites: Statistics, Educational Psychology, Instructional Methods, and Classroom Management. Applicants who have not completed these courses upon application can be provisionally admitted to the program, and will then have one year to complete these requirements.
  3. An overall grade point average (based on 4.00 scale) of 2.75 or higher in an undergraduate degree program or at least 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work.
  4. Completion of the School Counseling Supplemental Application Form (part of the My GradSpace application).
  5. Submission of a two-three page personal statement outlining your goals and objectives for seeking the graduate degree in Counseling (K - 12 School Counseling Emphasis), including your academic or professional accomplishments as well your career goals. Additionally, clearly identify the roles of a school counselor and how your experiences and interests relate to this role.
  6. Submission of three letters of recommendation from those who can comment on your academic abilities.
  7. Submission of a professional resume.
  8. An online interview (via web-conferencing) with program faculty. This is required for all students who are being considered for admission.

Online M.A. Degree Requirements

  • Students may enroll in the school counseling practicum after satisfactorily completing at least ten credits in the program. After successfully completing practicum, students will enroll in Internship in School Counseling which is a two-semester 600-hour (12 credit) supervised counseling experience at elementary and/or secondary school sites near where you live. Internship will typically be completed during the final semesters of the program. Internship placements are individually arranged in collaboration with the M.A. Counseling (K - 12 School Counseling Emphasis) Coordinator.
  • In addition to the professional school counseling course sequence, students are required to complete a series of research training experiences, culminating in the completion of a scholarly project conducted under the direction of the student’s advisor. Students are encouraged to begin considering and planning their scholarly project early in their program.

After completing the majority of coursework for the degree and advancing to candidacy, students are eligible to sit for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination during their final spring semester. A passing score on the examination is required for graduation.

Courses

COUN 501Ethics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology3
COUN 507Life-Span Development in Counseling3
COUN 510Counseling Methods3
COUN 515Methods of Research3
COUN 516Counseling Research Laboratory3
COUN 517Psychological Testing3
COUN 518Group Theory and Process3
COUN 519Career Counseling3
COUN 522School Counseling and Program Management3
COUN 526Educational Collaboration3
COUN 527School-Based Family Counseling3
COUN 530Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development3
COUN 532Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 534Child and Adolescent Counseling 3
COUN 581School Counseling Practicum4
COUN 589School Counseling Internship (6 CR, 12 total)12
COUN 995Scholarly Project2
or COUN 997 Independent Study
Total Credits60

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
1.800.CALL.UND
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382