The Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling comprises programs that share a focus on the resolution of problems. Whether they are personal problems that could benefit from the guidance of professional counselors or interpersonal conflicts that require the intervention of professional mediators, these programs offer the education and tools that allow practitioners to resolve problems.

The Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students for the counseling profession, which involves the application of the developmental and social sciences in assisting children and adults with psychological growth and social adjustment problems. Counselors work in schools, community agencies, churches, hospitals, and private practice. The counseling program provides the elements necessary for certification, licensure, and actual counseling practice. Students acquire knowledge in the disciplines that underlie counseling–including education, psychology, human development, sociology, learning, and social change.

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