MS in Counseling

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Program Overview

The program is designed for working adults. Classes are held on Drake's campus on evenings and weekends, so you can continue to work full time while you complete your degree.  The program can be completed in 2-3 years.  You will be provided practicum and internship opportunities to apply your classroom knowledge in a work setting.  Faculty advisors will support you on your journey.  

Program Options

The Master of Science in Counseling offers three specializations. All students complete a core set of classes. You will also select one or more of the specializations to complete, depending on your educational and career goals.  Review Curriculum for detailed information. 

The three specializations are:

Licensure and Certification

All Master of Science in Counseling specializations meet the licensing and certification requirements for Iowa:

  • Clinical Mental health counseling: prepares students to seek licensure as a licensed mental health counselor in Iowa
  • Clinical Rehabilitation counseling: since the rehabilitation counseling program is nationally recognized, reciprocity is easy to achieve; courses ready students for national certification
  • School counseling: prepares students to become professional school counselors in Iowa's elementary or secondary schools

While many graduates remain in Iowa after graduation, graduates do seek employment in other states and countries. If you wish to practice mental health or school counseling outside of Iowa upon graduation, contact the American Counseling Association or the American School Counseling Association, respectively, to learn about academic requirements in a specific state of interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

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