Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

Important: The SMU Program in Counseling is pleased to announce plans to seek accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, CACREP, for all three tracks in early 2017. The process requires extensive self-study through program evaluation, examination of faculty qualifications, review of current program objectives as well as articulation of our mission and goals. The tentative timeline for submission of CACREP application is January 2017 with review and anticipated approval to follow some months later.

Application Deadlines

May 16, 2016 Deadline to apply for Fall Term 2016. Apply now.
July 25, 2016 Deadline to apply for JAN Term 2017. Apply now.
September 26, 2016 Deadline to apply for Spring Term 2017. Apply now.
January 9, 2017 Deadline to apply for May Term 2017. Apply now.

Message from a Graduate:

"The classes have been an incredible learning experience for me, but it will be the human touch you have all brought to it, the unique ways you have touched my life, my soul, and my person that I will remember most. These are the experiences from which I will “drink” for a long time; which have and continue to form me as a person and as a counselor."

Christiane Roehrborn, Winter Term Graduate, 2012

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. They develop the basic skills in therapy and assessment and become familiar with the legal and clinical considerations confronting practitioners. Repeated practice and role playing with feedback and strategic modification are critical to mastery of the skills and are, consequently, an essential part of the program. Successful graduates are able to pursue State Licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), or School Counselors. The opportunity to be licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas can be incorporated in the LPC track as well.

SMU Simmons' Center for Family Counseling Trains Mental Health Professionals

The Curriculum

The Master of Science in Counseling degree requires the completion of 60 credit hours, written and oral comprehensive exams, an internship. Classes are delivered over 10-week terms.

Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) Requirements*

HDCN 6304: Counseling Diverse Communities

HDCN 6310: Family Systems

HDCN 6311: Foundation of Marriage and Family Therapy

HDCN 6312: Introduction to Family Therapy

HDCN 6313: Family of Origin

HDCN 6314: Sexual Counseling/Therapy

HDCN 6320: Life Span Development

HDCN 6330: Psychopathology

HDCN 6340: Assessment

HDCN 6349: Research Design and Statistics

HDCN 6381: Ethics & Mental Health

HDCN 6395: Supervised Clinical Practicum

HDCN 6398: Internship I

HDCN 6399: Internship II

* The 42 hours listed above (plus 18 additional elective credit hours) meet or exceed the state requirements for LMFT.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Requirements *

HDCN 6301: Counseling Theory

HDCN 6302: Counseling Methods: Individual

HDCN 6303: Counseling Methods: Group

HDCN 6304: Counseling Diverse Communities

HDCN 6305: Advanced Methods: Individual

HDCN 6320: Life Span Development

HDCN 6321: Lifestyle & Career Development

HDCN 6330: Psychopathology

HDCN 6340: Assessment

HDCN 6349: Research Design and Statistics

HDCN 6381: Ethics and Mental Health

HDCN 6395: Supervised Clinical Practicum

HDCN 6398: Internship I

HDCN 6399: Internship II

* The 42 hours listed above (plus 18 additional elective credit hours) meet or exceed the state requirements for LPC.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

School Counseling Requirements*

HDCN 6301: Counseling Theory

HDCN 6302: Counseling Methods: Individual

HDCN 6303: Counseling Methods: Groups

HDCN 6304: Counseling Diverse Communities

HDCN 6305: Advanced Methods: Individual

HDCN 6320: Life Span Development

HDCN 6321: Lifestyle and Career Development

HDCN 6330: Psychopathology

HDCN 6340: Assessment

HDCN 6342: Cognitive, Career and Educational Assessment

HDCN 6349: Research Design and Statistics

HDCN 6381: Ethics and Mental Health

HDCN 6395: Supervised Clinical Practicum

HDCN 6398: Internship I

HDCN 6399: Internship II

Once student concentration is decided, the following elective is required.

Either

HDCN 6308: Counseling: Elementary School

     Or

HDCN 6309: Counseling: Secondary School

* The 48 hours listed above (plus 12 additional elective credit hours) meet or exceed the state requirements for School Counseling.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Electives: Only a select number of electives are offered each term.

*Available courses from any track may be taken as electives as long as any pre-requisites have been met

HDCN 6306: Advanced Counseling Methods:  Group

HDCN 6323: Adolescent Counseling

HDCN 6325: Therapeutic Parenting

HDCN 6331: Psychopathology: Child and Adolescent

HDCN 6341: Assessment: Cognitive

HDCN 6342: Cognitive, Career and Educational Assessment

HDCN 6343: Play Therapy

HDCN 6344: Art Therapy

HDCN 6346: Career Assessment

HDCN 6351: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse (for LCDC licensure)

HDCN 6352: Psychopharmacology: Psychology of Addictions (for LCDC licensure)

HDCN 6353: Psychopharmacology: Treatment Management (for LCDC licensure)

HDCN 6355: Affirmative Therapy with LGB

HDCN 6382: Psychology of Conflict

HDCN 6383: Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

HDCN 6384: Mediation & Dispute Resolution

HDCN 6386: Family Law

HDCN 6387: Family Mediation

HDCN 6391: Selected Topics: Counseling

HDCN 6392: Selected Topics: Marriage & Family

HDCN 6393: Selected Topics: School Counseling

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.