Graduate Program Information

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program is designed for persons with a background in psychology who are interested in working in settings such as mental health clinics, counseling centers, and human service agencies. The focus of the program is to develop personal qualities, understandings and professional skills through learning about self, client and counselor-client relationships.

A small faculty-student ratio creates opportunities for frequent, individual interaction throughout the program. Our program emphasizes personal as well as professional growth. Course work and assignments focus not only on the development of counseling skills, but also on self-awareness and personal growth. This focus reflects our belief that an effective counselor is one who is sensitive both to personal strengths and to areas in need of improvement.


The evaluation of students is an integral feature of the program aimed at identifying the student's strengths, needs, and characteristics that may need attention in promoting the development of counseling skills. Evaluation takes place several times during the program, including at the end of the first and second semesters of course work and at the time of degree candidacy.

Internship Opportunities

The normal length of the program is two years of full-time course work followed by a one year internship. Full-time and part-time study are available.

Note that a background check is often required for an internship. Some internship sites may disqualify an individual if the individual has been convicted of certain crimes. If you have a criminal background, please be aware of this.

Doctoral Studies

If you wish to continue study in Counseling Psychology or Counseling at the doctoral level, the experience and knowledge gained in this program provides you with a firm foundation for such study. Research opportunities are available to students wishing to enhance their skills as preparation for doctoral study.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Kimberly James at

The M.Ed. in School Counseling offered at FSU and USMH is administered through the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.