Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

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.