Master of Science in Education in Counseling

Who Should Apply

  • Individuals interested in preparing for employment as a counselor in a school settings, from all professional backgrounds

Key Features

  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Prepares students to work as school counselors at all levels (PK - 16).
  • Customized graduation plans based on professional experience and diverse graduate students' needs.
  • Evening and summer courses
  • Approachable and available faculty members

Program Curriculum

The Counseling Program meets state standards for certification. It also adheres to the profession's accepted and established practices for training school counselors. Visit the Counseling and School Psychology Department web page for more information.

Required Courses, 48 credits

Core courses, 27 cr.
COUN 610 Introduction to School Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 612 Lifespan Human Development, 3 cr.
COUN 614 Counseling Practicum, 3 cr.
COUN 615 Cultural & Ethical Foundations of Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 620 Career Counseling, 3 cr.
SPSY 622 Introduction to Appraisal & Intervention, 3 cr.
COUN 732 Group Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 753 Counseling Theory and Skills, 3 cr.
COUN 770 Comprehensive School Counseling Programming, 3 cr.
Required classes, 12 cr.
SPSY 795 Research and Program Evaluation, 3 cr. (Requires additional Independent Study credit)
COUN 771 Internship: Elementary School Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 772 Internship: Middle School Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 773 Internship: High School Counseling, 3 cr.
Before finalizing Internship plans, the student must pass a written examination based upon the content of all of the core course.
Directed elective courses, 9 cr.
To be selected in consultation with an advisor

Students will also present a portfolio indicating knowledge and application of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards for Professional School Counselors. Completion of the internship and of the master's program is dependent upon approval of the portfolio by the program faculty and the practicum supervisors in the field.

Admission Requirements

To be considered as candidates, applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • A resumé
  • A completed graduate application (apply online)
  • Payment of application fee
  • A written letter of interest, using this form
  • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended (submitted directed to the Admissions office from the institution) showing a minimum GPA of 2.75 (exceptions may be made under special circumstances)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required but will be considered if official results are submitted. 

The program faculty does not formally interview applicants. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Mark Gillen, department chair, by email or by calling (715) 425-3890 to speak about the program.

A complete application, fee and materials received and postmarked on or before February 1 will be considered for the following fall term and on or before October 1 will be considered for the following spring term. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Submit all documents to the Graduate Admissions Office, 112 South Hall, 410 S. Third Street, River Falls, WI 54022. To check the status of your application, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 715-425-3500.

Application Material Required

Submission Method Required

On-line application form (and $56 application fee), using this required link

Complete on-line at link to the left. Submit payment electronically at the same link and same time of application.


E-mail as attachment to OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

Letter of interest, using this required form

E-mail as attachment to OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

Three letters of recommendation

E-mail as attachment ( directly from letter writer) to graduate OR mail to Graduate Admissions ( directly from letter writer) at the address below.

Official transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended (required) and graduate schools attended (if applicable)

E-mail electronic transcripts (many universities offer this option) to OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

OPTIONAL: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required but will be considered if official results are submitted.

Mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below ( OPTIONAL).

Contact Us

Admissions Office
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
112 South Hall