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MSU's programs in counseling prepares candidates as school counselors and mental health counselors at the master's and educational specialist levels. At the master's level, students acquire core knowledge and clinical skills, which enable them to enter the profession of counseling. Graduates in the educational specialist programs develop advanced skills in clinical work and research. We strive to create a rigorous scholarly and supportive atmosphere for students to develop intellectually with a deep sense of social consciousness, professional ethics and self-awareness. We value teaching, scholarship and service, which contribute to the mission of the College of Education at MSU.

Successful completion of the requirements of the M.A. in Counseling leads to a Provisional School Counseling Certificate grades P-12.

A student planning a career as a counselor in mental health is required by Kentucky law to complete the coursework requirements for the Ed.S Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) program. The specific 60 credit hours of coursework in this program are aligned with Kentucky's LPCA licensure requirements. Additional hours of supervised practice and taking and passing the National Counseling Exam (NCE) are also required by the Kentucky Licensure Board.

MSU provides three unique counseling options that individuals may select from to best suit their needs.


 MSU’s program in counseling prepares candidates as school counselors at the master’s, Rank I and educational specialist levels.

MSU provides three unique counseling options:


Successful completion of the requirements of the Master of Arts in School Counseling leads to a provisional school counseling certificate in grades P-12. A Rank I in school counseling provides additional preparation and competency in counseling for school counselors who have completed their master’s degree in school counseling. Graduates of the Ed.S. school counseling option will continue to develop advanced skills in clinical work and research.

For more information, contact Dr. Beverly Klecker at

Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Counseling

  1. General admission to graduate study
  2. A GRE score of 286 (verbal and quantitative) with a minimum verbal score of 143, or a raw score of 33 (385-390 scaled score) on the Miller Analogies Test is required.
    a) The department chair may waive the testing requirement for students who have at least a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA after having completed 12 graduate hours within the program.
    b) The department chair will waive the testing requirement for students who have already completed a master's degree.
  3. For international students, TOEFL 525 (197 computer-based) or 74 on English Language Instruction Test of the University of Michigan  

Students in their final semester of study in the program are required to successfully complete a comprehensive and objective written final exit exam. To learn more, view this program's degree plan .

Counseling, Rank I

(60 graduate hours, including the master's in counseling degree)
Applicants must meet two of the following three:

  1. A minimum combined score on verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE of 286 with a minimum verbal score of 143 or a 33 raw score (385-390 Scaled Score) on the Miller Analogies Test is required.
  2. GPA of 3.5 in the master's degree
  3. Provisional certification in school counseling.

Students entering the Rank I program for guidance counselors must successfully complete an oral exit examination and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Counseling, School Counseling Option, Educational Specialist (EdS)

  1. A master's degree in school counseling from an accredited program.
  2. Certification as a P-12 school counselor.
  3. Evidence of superior scholastic performance as indicated by a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  4. A GRE composite score of 286 on the verbal and quantitative sections with a minimum verbal score of 143 or a 33 raw score (385-390 Scaled Score) on the Miller Analogies Test is required.
  5. Evidence of writing ability: a brief research or term paper written by the candidate that demonstrates the candidate's ability to cite and reference scholarly research using the current American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual format.

Candidates must have successful completion of 30 credit hours of coursework including the successful completion of an approved Applied Project (six credit hours). Candidates must complete an oral examination and oral defense of applied project report.

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increasing school enrollments should lead to employment growth of school and career counselors.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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