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 Graduate College

Counseling (MA)

School of Applied Human Sciences

301 Sabin Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0411

Head: Dr. Annette Lynch, Interim Director
Phone: (319) 273-3054

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Roberto Swazo
Phone: (319) 273-2675

Read the UNI Catalog description:

The Counseling major is offered with two emphasis areas; Clinical Mental health Counseling and School Counseling. Program requirements and detailed information on the major, including admission policies and procedures, should be obtained from the School of Applied Human Sciences. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at (

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made.  

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. The Clinical Mental Health emphasis requires a minimum of 60 semester hours for the non-thesis option; the School Counseling emphasis requires a minimum of 51 semester hours for the non-thesis option. The thesis option requires an additional 6 hours of COUN 6299 (290:299) for either emphasis. A minimum of 20 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

All students completing this program must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).  Pass scores on the CPCE national examination are based each semester on test results for the national normative data. This examination is based on the 8 CACREP core curriculum areas for counselor preparation. Students are also required to write an essay and pass this component as well.  Non-thesis students must successfully complete the final paper and fulfill program-specific exit requirements. The thesis option requires a completed thesis and successful oral defense of the research, in addition to passing the CPCE and meeting program-specific exit requirements.

Required core courses
COUN 4103/5103 (290:103g)Introduction to Professional Counseling3
COUN 4105/5105 (290:105g)Counseling Skills3
COUN 6220 (290:220)Group Counseling Skills and Processes3
COUN 6225 (290:225)Facilitating Career Development3
COUN 6226 (290:226)Ethics, Supervision, Crisis and Consultation3
COUN 6227 (290:227)Counseling Theory3
COUN 6228 (290:228)Assessment Techniques in Counseling3
COUN 6250 (290:250)Family Counseling3
COUN 6254 (290:254)Counseling Children and Adolescents3
COUN 6256 (290:256)Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 6262 (290:262)Intervention and Prevention in Lifespan Development3
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
Total core hours36
One of the following emphases:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis (24 hours):

Required emphasis hours:
COUN 6205 (290:205)Counseling Processes with Individuals and Systems3
COUN 6241 (290:241)Treatment Procedures in Mental Health Counseling3
COUN 6290 (290:290)Practicum in Counseling3
COUN 6291 (290:291)Internship6
PSYCH 3403/5403 (400:142g)Abnormal Psychology3
Total hours for Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling non-thesis option (CACREP required 60 credits)60
Additional requirement for thesis option:
COUN 6299 (290:299)Research6
Total hours for Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling thesis option66

School Counseling Emphasis (15 hours):

Required emphasis courses:
COUN 6210 (290:210)Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs3
COUN 6290 (290:290)Practicum in Counseling3
COUN 6291 (290:291)Internship3
Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
Total hours for Counseling: School Counseling Emphasis non-thesis option (CACREP required 48 credits)51
Additional requirement for thesis option:
COUN 6299 (290:299)Research6
Total hours for Counseling: School Counseling Emphasis thesis option57