University of South Dakota

Counseling: M.A., Ed.S., or Ph.D. and Mental Health Counseling Certificate

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The mission of the Counseling Program at The University of South Dakota is to graduate competent and ethical professional counselors. Master's and doctoral graduates serve diverse populations and the profession locally, nationally, and internationally as counselors, counselor educators, and clinical supervisors. Master’s students may specialize in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling. The doctoral program prepares graduates to become the profession's next generation of leaders. The program provides curricular experiences for students to learn and demonstrate knowledge of the eight core common designated by CACREP Standards: (a) professional identity; (b) social and cultural diversity; (c) human growth and development; (d) career development; (e) helping relationships; (f) group work; (g) assessment; and (h) research and program evaluation. The Counseling program also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Amy Schweinle
Chair and  Professor
Counseling and Psychology in Education

Degrees Available