Master of Science in Counseling

CACREP accredited

It's Not Just a Career. It's a Calling.

SMU is seen as a leader in counseling education, and our students are often requested for internships and counseling positions. With SMU's Master of Science in Counseling Program, you'll gain more than a degree. You'll get an education, training, and credentials that will ensure that you stand out in the job market, and make an outstanding impact in the lives of clients you serve.

Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

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, as is the completion of a year-long Practicum and Internship experience.

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 graduate plan as well.

SMU Simmons Center for Family Counseling Trains Mental Health Professionals