FSU’s Master’s in Counseling Program Recognized as One of Best and Most Affordable in U.S. by Human Services Edu

Feb 18, 2019 3:50 PM

Frostburg State University’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology has been recognized by the online service Human Services Edu as one of the best and most affordable counseling programs in the nation for 2019, and one of only two recognized in the state of Maryland.

In its evaluation, Human Services Edu only looked at schools that were accredited by one of two organizations, including the Master in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), which accredits FSU’s program. Human Services Edu also examined each school’s academic standards, including incorporation of scientific, evidence-based practices in the curriculum; standards for supervised fieldwork experience; use of current scholarly and research literature; and demonstration of student comprehension and competence in legal and ethical standards, as well as ongoing adherence to those standards.

FSU’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology is designated a best value. The estimated program cost is $25,980 (in-state) and $33,420 (out-of-state). In-state tuition is $5,442 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities. The program is comprehensive – it satisfies the educational requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland – and respected – it was the first counseling psychology master’s program in Maryland and the sixth in the nation to receive accreditation from MPCAC.

With a curriculum committed to science-based training, FSU’s MS in Counseling Psychology is designed to fully prepare students to take on practitioner-based jobs in counseling centers, mental health clinics, addiction clinics and human services agencies. Students enjoy a small, cohort-style learning format that promotes group interaction and collaboration and complete a personal growth experience that includes individual therapy to gain a broader perspective of the counseling relationship. They also have the option of completing a graduate emphasis in Addictions Counseling Psychology or Child and Family Counseling Psychology.

Human Services Edu calculated the average cost of programs offered at public and private schools separately to clearly show how much lower the best-priced programs are than the state average for each category. They also covered the basics students need to filter for the kind of program they’re looking for – whether it’s offered online, on-campus or through a combination of online courses and campus visits; entrance exam requirements, exemptions and provisions for waivers; and concentration options that align with different specialty areas of practice.

To view Human Services Edu’s Most Affordable Accredited Master’s in Counseling Programs by State, visit https://www.humanservicesedu.org/most-affordable-masters-in-counseling-programs-by-state-2019-20.html.

For more information about FSU’s Master’s in Counseling Psychology, visit https://www.frostburg.edu/academics/majorminors/graduate/ms-counseling-psychology/index.php, call the Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053 or email gradservices@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.