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Counseling–Master of Science (MS)

The world desperately needs more creative, compassionate counselors to help individuals, children and families navigate the challenges of contemporary life.

The UW Master of Science degree in Counseling program offers concentrations in school counseling and mental health counseling that will prepare you to help people across the lifespan. Ours is a broad-based program that prepares you to become certified as a school counselor or provides you with the training needed to become aa provisionally licensed mental health counselor.

The UW counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is offered on campus in Laramie, or as an intensive weekend program for working professionals at UW Casper.

The UW Mental Health Counseling Program

Through small classes and clinical experiences, UW’s mental health program prepares you to serve in settings that include community agencies, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, addictions treatment centers and private practice.

The UW School Counseling Program

The school counseling program equips you with the knowledge and skills to become a school leader who works with students, teachers, administrators, parents and other community members to promote culturally relevant P-12 student growth. The school counseling program allows you to earn this degree with no previous P-12 experience.

About Counseling

In UW’s highly regarded counseling program, you will acquire the theoretical foundation and practical experience necessary to work with a wide-range of clients, from P-12 students to adults, families and couples.

As a counseling graduate student, you will become part of a cohort community with whom you’ll study, learn and grow. You will also work with an award-winning team of faculty, who will guide you toward developing your counseling identity as you progress through your practicum and supervised internship. By the time you graduate, you will be well-prepared to step into a counseling position in any organization.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Master of Science (M.S.)

Major: Counseling

Concentrations:

  • School Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling

Resident Tuition: $282/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $843/credit hour

Admission Info | Curriculum Info

School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy and Design

Since 1997 UW’s graduate counseling students have consistently outperformed national average scores for the National Counselor Examination, which is required for licensure by many states including Wyoming.

Counseling Master’s Degree Program Highlights

The counseling program at UW will immerse you in a caring learning community where you will be exposed to a variety of counseling theories and encouraged to find your voice as a school or community-based counselor in the classroom and through supervised clinical practice.

UW’s counseling program is distinguished by:

Two locations. Choose from studying full- or part-time in Laramie or maintain a Monday through Friday workweek by studying in a cohort-based program during the weekends in Casper, Wyoming.

Play Therapy. Obtain a post-masters certificate in play therapy. UW is the home of the Rocky Mountain Center of Play Therapy Studies, which is one of only a few approved centers for play therapy education. As a counseling student, you will also have the chance to take part in the Biennial Play Therapy Conference, which attracts renowned experts in the field.

WellSpring Counseling Clinic. Get involved in the work of the College of Education’s WellSpring Counseling Clinic. UW’s clinic boasts the latest in digital technology, offers individual, group and couples counseling, play therapy and substance abuse evaluations. As a master’s student, you will have the opportunity to work here as part of your practicum.

If you are a Casper student, you will complete your clinical experience in community schools and agencies in your community.

Internship. Spend time working in schools or other private mental health settings to gain practical counseling experience in the field.

Psychological First-Aid Day. Practice trauma work as part of this simulation program involving UW and the Red Cross.Faculty-practitioners. Study with faculty who have helped Wyoming establish its counseling standards, are conducting research in development and spirituality, play therapy, counselor development and underserved populations, counselor supervision, ethnic identity and other critical areas.

Travel grants. Take advantage of travel funds for graduate students available from the dean’s office to offset travel expenses associated with attending or presenting at professional conferences.

Assistantships. Consider a graduate assistantship. Assistantships provide stipends and health benefits for working in departments across campus as well as offer faculty research and college-level teaching opportunities.

Scholarships. Pursue College of Education graduate scholarships designated specifically for counseling students including:

  • Evelyn Milam Scholarship
  • Patricia B. Ferris-Hawley Scholarship
  • Relaxation Foundation Donald R. Austin Student Scholarship Fund

 

What Can You Do with a Counseling Master’s Degree?

Your M.S. in Counseling degree program will prepare you for the work of your life as a helping professional in P-12 schools, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals and other counseling settings.

Your counseling degree can also lead to further graduate study in Ph.D. programs.

Counseling Degree Careers

School counseling graduates from UW’s counseling program go on to take jobs in public school districts as school counselors, working to prevent and treat mental health issues experienced by children and adolescents. Mental health counseling graduates pursue private practice, work in other community mental health settings or doctoral degrees.

These are some job titles UW counseling graduates have held:

  • School counselor
  • Private counselor
  • Christian counselor
  • Mental health therapist
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselor
  • Career Counseling

Graduates of the counseling master’s program have also gone onto doctoral programs at:

  • University of Wyoming
  • Purdue University
  • Indiana State University
  • Texas Tech
  • Northern Colorado University

Amazing stories from Counseling Majors.

“During our school counseling courses, we interviewed counselors, observed classroom management strategies and conducted classroom counseling lessons as well as collected and analyzed data. I felt well prepared for my internship and was very happy to be hired in my dream school counseling job.”

Lucas Grant, ’19, elementary school counselor

Examples of Counseling Master's Degree Program Courses

These are a few courses you will take in your counseling master’s degree program:

  • Play Therapy
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Career Across the Lifespan
  • Counseling Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Counseling and Addictions
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Couples and Family Theory and Application
  • Diagnosis, Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

View the full Master of Science in Counseling curriculum.

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