School Counseling (M.S.)

Graduate Certificate


Complete admission and program requirements are found in the University Catalog.

The School Counseling post-master graduate certificate will help you further your career goals as a school counselor. In this program you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and disposition to help the students you serve achieve their maximum level of independence and functioning.

Courses are offered both during the day and in the evening.

The program requires a minimum of 22 credits. Additional coursework may be required to meet licensure requirements depending on the individual's prior graduate work.

Students participate in a supervised counseling practicum and a 600-hour supervised counseling internship.

Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply for Minnesota school counseling licensure.

Admission Information

  • Admission is competitive and selection is based on an evaluation of all factors. 
  • Applications may be submitted throughout the year. The priority deadline is March 1. 
  • Strong candidates will be invited to complete a personal interview with representatives of the profession, advanced students in the program and the counseling faculty. An interview is required. If attendance at an interview is totally impractical, the graduate director may designate an alternate method. 
  • Previous experience working with children and adolescents and previous school experience is heavily weighted in the admission process as well. You are also advised to visit with several school counselors prior to admission to verify that this profession is a good fit for you and to be able to show a genuine interest in the field.

Part-time student — certificate program requirements

As a department, we understand that many part-time students may prefer to complete their graduate studies while continuing concurrent employment. However, some daytime hours are required in order to complete the program, especially for practicum and internship experiences.

Following admission to graduate studies, all part-time certificate students should consult with their adviser