School Counseling MS and Advanced Certificate


School Counseling, M.S. / Adv. Crt.

Recommended deadline

February 1st

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


School Counselors are an important part of the educational leadership team that help children reach their fullest potential. Gain educational and clinical skills to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Our program is a competency based program that prepares you to help students in the areas of academic achievement as well as personal and social development.

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What you will study: 

Our 48 credit program builds upon a core of psychological and educational foundations as well as specialization areas including counseling theory, group process, appraisal, vocational development and decision-making. Students completing the degree program are equipped to assume a variety of roles in the counseling profession.

  • CPS 502 - Race, Gender, and Class Issues in Counseling, credit: 3
  • CPS 503 - Psychological Foundations: Personality, credit: 3
  • CPS 504 - Psychological Foundations: Development, credit: 3
  • CPS 505 - Psychological Foundations: Psychopathology, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

I always wanted to help people. Once I had some classes under my belt and started my practicum and had my own clients, I absolutely loved it. It really fits my personality and what my interests are.
Jaleh Mohammadi, M'12

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Learning outcomes: 

Graduates of this program will be eligible for provisional certification as a School Counselor in New York State. Students in the master’s program can earn the certificate at the same time as their master’s, increasing employability upon graduation.

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Our School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants.  If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
GRE scores
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program.  Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study.  Speak to your department advisor about what GRE scores are acceptable to the program.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.