Master of Arts Degree in Career Counseling

Program Description:

The Career Counseling Program is designed to train potential counselors, developing minimal competencies in career development theory, individual/group counseling skills, individual/group assessment, information/resources, program promotion, management, implementation, coaching, consultation, performance improvement, diverse populations, supervision, ethical/legal issues, research/evaluation, and technology. The development of these minimal competencies need to be provided in a systematic fashion. This process includes helping people learn how to use both rational and intuitive approaches in career decision making, cope with ambiguity and change, develop and maintain self-awareness, engage in lifelong learning, search for jobs effectively, and develop and maintain skills in multicultural awareness and communication.

Admission Requirements:

For regular admission leading to a Master of Arts Degree in Career Counseling, applicants must successfully complete a three-step process:

Step One – Admission to the School of Graduate Studies:

All candidates must hold a Baccalaureate Degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0* and be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies. This is done by:

  1. Completing the Application for Admissions and returning it to the Office of Admissions (this can be done on line at
  2. Submitting the appropriate application fees to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submitting undergraduate transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Completing the GRE or MAT and forwarding scores to the Office of Admissions.
  5. Submitting three (3) letters of recommendation (one is required to begin the process, an additional two are required before full admission to the program can be completed.)

* With the approval of the admissions committee, students that have a GPA of 2.75-3.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis (there will be specific requirements during this probationary period). Students, who have a low undergraduate GPA, yet hold a master’s degree with a 3.5 GPA will have satisfied the admissions GPA requirement.

Step Two – Satisfying Prerequisites for the Counseling Program:

Candidates for the Career Counseling must possess a 3.0 GPA and must have an undergraduate preparation of 18 total credits in the social sciences, including, psychology, counseling, sociology or appropriately focused university studies courses; including a 3 cr. course in statistics.

Step Three – Admissions to the Counseling Program:

For all candidates, admission requires (in addition to the requisite GPA) scores on the Verbal and Analytic or Analytical Writing components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) at the 50th percentile and a total of three (3) letters of recommendation from university faculty, school administrators, or primary employers attesting to the candidates competence.

When all required documents are received, the Office of Admissions will forward the candidate’s file to the counseling program admissions committee.

Further, the candidate must satisfactorily complete CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics and the screening procedure. During the screening procedure, the candidate will complete a battery of assessments and undergo an interview with member(s) of the counseling faculty. The screening will be scheduled after the candidate has presented GRE scores and letters of recommendation as stated above and enrolled in CP 610. After these criteria have been completed, the program admission committee will review the candidate’s credentials and 1) admit the student, 2) not admit the student, or 3) admit the student with restrictions and/or conditions.

Curriculum:(courses required, elective list)

Career Counseling

CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3)
CP 611 Developmental Theories (3)
CP 612 Counseling Theories (3)
CP 613 Social & Cultural Aspects of Counseling (3)
CP 614 Counseling Skills (3)
CP 615 Career Development (3)
CP 616 Group Counseling (3)
CP 617 Assessment in Counseling (3)
CP 631 Crisis Intervention and Consultation (3)
CP 643 Psychodiagnostics and Treatment (3)
CP 680 Counseling Practicum (3)
GR 691 Methods of Research (3)
CP 626 Advanced Career Counseling (3)
CP 685 Internship – Career (3)
AND 3-6 credit hours in one of the following (9 hours total)
CP 682 Internship – Elementary (3)
CP 683 Internship – Secondary (3)
CP 687 Internship – Mental Health (3)

48 Total Credits


18 total cr. in the social sciences, including, psychology, counseling, sociology or appropriately focused university studies courses. This must including a 3 cr. course in statistics.

Course Rotation/Format(online, f2f, blended)

Contact Person:

Dr. Julieta Monteiro-Leitner, Professor of Counseling<
Career Counseling Program Coordinator
(573) 651-2418


Scully Building 301
College of Education
One University Plaza, MS 5500
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701