The program offers a 60-hour Master of Science in Counseling with 3 emphases (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Addiction Counseling, and School Counseling). Students complete 42 hours of core classes and 18 hours of specialization courses. NSU’s Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students for a counseling career or for further advanced study. The program familiarizes students with the use of scientific thought and principles as applied to the practice of professional counseling. This rigorous and unique program includes a 600 clock hour supervised internship experience. This program meets or exceeds the educational requirements for becoming either a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), or a Certified School Counselor (K-12) in Oklahoma as well as most other states.
Graduate Program Accreditation
NSU’s Master of Science in Counseling is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as of July 2015. CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's programs in Counselor Education and doctoral programs in Counselor Education and Supervision. Achieving CACREP accreditation demonstrates NSU’s commitment to the enhancement of the program’s reputation, the desire to attract highly qualified students seeking enrollment in CACREP programs, increasing faculty productivity in areas such as research, publication and service, and demonstrates a commitment to meeting the highest academic standards.
The NSU counseling program is dedicated to positively influencing the regional and global impact of the counseling field through professional stewardship. This commitment will be achieved through the recruitment and retention of diverse professionals who demonstrate a willingness to engage in personal struggle, tolerate ambiguity, seek feedback, and grow alongside all counselors-in-training (CITs) and viewpoints.
The faculty seek to create a culture of learning where CITs feel supported to deconstruct preconceived ideas of the self and the world in which they live leading to a knowledgeable, skillful, and ethical counseling practice. These experiences will be facilitated through openminded discourse with differentiated learning experiences.
Throughout the course of the program CITs will be challenged to apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to promote social justice and ethical conduct, thus enhancing self-actualization and sound mental health in self, clients, and systems they encounter.
The culmination of the program will result in counselors focused on self and client betterment who emerge as dedicated change agents, positively impacting the greater society in which they will serve.
We believe that a well prepared counselor is actively involved and committed to the process of intentional growth that promotes pro-social autonomy, lifelong learning, as well as ethical and professional behavior. Further, we strive to prepare student knowledge and commitment to the ethics of the profession and demonstration of application with multicultural and diverse populations. We strive to foster student growth within a dynamic and multi-modal learning setting in which diversity, critical thinking, self-in-context, scholarship, and creation and integration of knowledge are celebrated.
Our Masters-level graduates will possess expertise in the following areas: (a) human growth and development, (b) helping relationships (individual and group), (c) appraisal or assessment techniques, (d) counseling theories, (e) counseling methods and techniques (individual and group), (f) research, (g) lifestyle and career development, (h) social, cultural, and family issues, and (i) professional orientation.