Master of Arts (M.A.)

Our Council for the Accreditation of Counseling (CACREP) accredited Counseling M.A. program is among the oldest and most prestigious counseling programs in the country. Our cutting-edge training approach offers hybrid and in-person courses that support students in simultaneously building foundational knowledge and clinical skills.

Students’ programs culminate in applied clinical experience in our state-of-the-art, on-site training clinic and in off-campus internships. The counseling faculty believes that our students are the foundation of our program, and thus, we strive to offer top quality, hands-on training to prepare the most competent and ethical professional counselors.

Important dates

  • January 15: Application for spring/summer due

  • March 1: Application for fall semester due

  • September 1: Application for winter semester due


  • Clinical Mental Health (CMHC): Admits in F, W, and SS
  • School Counseling (SC): Admits in F, W, and SS
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC): Admits in F
  • Art Therapy (AT): Admits in F. Prepares students as counselor/art therapists who are eligible to earn both counseling (LPC) and art therapy (A.T.R.) professional credentials following graduation. Program initially approved by the AATA in 2008. FAQs for the Art Therapy program, career, licensure, certification information and newsletters.
  • Some of the concentrations may be combined. Consult with the program coordinator for more information: Admits in F, W, and SS


Applicants are expected to meet the minimum undergraduate 2.5 GPA requirement outlined by WSU Undergraduate Admissions.

Students applying for the art therapy concentration must have 12 semester credits in psychology including general psychology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology,  as well as 18 semester credits in studio art, including drawing, painting, sculpture or ceramics.

Course Requirements

Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the program classes and practicum experience, with no more than one grade of C+ or lower.  Students who earn a second C will not be permitted to continue in the program. Grades of B- and lower, or patterns of grades only in the B range, are of concern, and intervention may be warranted. Grades reflect content mastery and affect how well students perform on the national exam.

Plan of Works


Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
CED 6005 Professional Counseling: Orientation 3
CED 6015 Diversity, Multicultural Competence, and Social Justice Advocacy for Human Service Professionals 3
CED 6025 Counseling Theories, Philosophies, and Techniques 3

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
EDP 7370 Psychopathology 3
EDP 7410 Human Development Psychology 3
CED 6045 Professional Counseling Laws and Ethics 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
CED 6055 Testing and Assessment for Counselors 3
EER 7640 Research 3
CED 6065 Career Development & Employment Strategies 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
CED 6075 Trauma: Conceptualizing and Treatment Planning 3
CED 6085 Sexuality 3
CED 7305 Clinical Counseling Roles: Consultation, Collaboration, and Coordination 3

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
CED 6095 Introduction to Counseling Groups 2
CED 6096 Group Counseling Participation 1
Elective I 3
CMHC: TBD Systemic Theories and Family Counseling 3

Semester VI

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
CED 6105 Individual and Systemic Approaches to Treating Addictions 3
CED 7005 Counseling Skills 3

Semester VII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 4
CED 7015 Counseling Practicum 4

Semester VIII

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
CED 7020 Counseling Internship 3

Semester IX

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
CED 7020 Counseling Internship 3


School counseling courses

Students in the school counseling concentration will be required to take the following courses:

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
SC: CED 7105 Introduction to School Counseling, Consulting, and Collaboration 3
CED 7115 Advanced School Counseling 3
SC: CED 7125 School Counseling: Post-Secondary Planning and College Counseling 3

Rehabilitation counseling courses

Students in the rehabilitation counseling concentration will be required to take the following courses:

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 12
CED 7205 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CRC: CED 7215 Medical Aspects of Disability 3
CRC: CED 7225 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 3
CED 7235 Rehabilitation Counseling Professional Roles 3

Annual Program Outcome Report 2020

The College of Education Counseling Program areas submit an annual vital statistics report to the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The following data are made available to stakeholders for each CACREP-accredited counseling program as per CACREP Standard 4.E:


Rehabilitation Counseling
(currently accredited under the CORE Standards)

Clinical Mental
Health Counseling

School Counseling

Counselor Education and
Supervision (doctoral-level)

Graduate past year 7 93 11 2
Completion Rate 55% 65% 65% 80%

Licensure/Certification Pass Rate

N/A 83% 85% N/A
Job Placement Rate of graduates actively seeking employment 90% 88% 90% 90%


CACREP Accreditation Logo The WSU College of Education Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP).



Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
Shirley Mack, Ph.D.

School Counseling 
Thomas Michalos, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation Counseling
Sameerah Davenport, Ph.D.

Art Therapy 
Holly Feen, Ph.D.
Associate professor

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations
Phone: 313-577-1613

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