For your continued welfare and protection during the pandemic, we will limit the number of people in our offices but are, nonetheless, eager to visit with you.  Please schedule a virtual or face-to-face meeting by calling 214-768-5678 or emailing counselingmaster@smu.edu.

Simmons-specific information and FAQ's are on our Covid-19 page. More information about SMU’s response to COVID-19 is available on SMU's Blog.

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 mental health concerns. Counselors work in community agencies, churches, hospitals, private practice, and schools. 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.

Master of Science in Counseling

Prospective Students

Most students in the M.S. in Counseling program earned their undergraduate degrees in psychology, sociology, social work, ministry work, or education.

Career and Personal Benefits

The developmental and social sciences comprise the foundation of the curriculum. Students can choose to focus their studies on one or more of the following specialties: Clinical Mental Health; Marriage, Couple, and Family; and School Counseling with additional opportunity for concentrated study in Addiction Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapies, and LGBT Affirmative Therapy.

Successful graduates are able to pursue credentialing as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), or Certified School Counselors and work in community agencies, churches, hospitals, private practices, and schools. The opportunity to be licensed as Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the State of Texas is also available.