Master of Arts in counseling

The Master of Arts in counseling with concentrations in clinical mental health, clinical rehabilitation counseling, school counseling and art therapy provides a strong academic and clinical experience for students who have a desire in understanding and helping others in the counseling setting. Our program is among the oldest and most prestigious counseling programs in the country with an accreditation through the counsel for the Accreditation of Counseling (CACREP). Our cutting-edge training approach offers hybrid and in-person courses that support students in simultaneously building foundational knowledge and clinical skills.

Important dates

  • March 1: Fall applications due for all concentrations

  • September 1: Winter applications due (CMHC)(SC)

Concentrations

  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Mental Health
  • Clinical Rehabilitation
  • School Counseling
  • Combined Concentrations, consult advisor

Admission requirements

Admission to the counselor education program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Admission to the counselor education program requires a grade point average of 2.75 or above for the undergraduate course work. Program admission requirements include: a personal interview with an admission committee and a typewritten autobiographical statement reflecting the applicant's respective personal and professional history with a statement of rationale for seeking admittance to the program. For the concentration in art therapy there is an additional requirement of a portfolio of original artwork, to be evaluated by art therapy faculty, that demonstrates competence with art materials.

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.

Methods of Instruction include hybrid, online and in person instruction methods, including experiential activities, lecture, readings, inquiry based learning and cooperative group work (Counseling Syllabi).

Curriculum for concentrations with plans of work

Core faculty

The counseling faculty at Wayne State University are committed to your learning and flourishing on your path to earning a master's degree. Counseling professionals teach rigorous courses, researching pressing issues, and join in the action of campus events. Above all, they're dedicated to your success as counselors, as advisors, as mentors, and one day, as professional peers.

Tuition and financial aid

Save money through Wayne State University's affordable Counseling program. Our tuition and fees are lower than comparable degrees from other major research universities in Michigan. You can also take advantage of our robust financial aid opportunities, including private scholarships. Try our net price calculator to estimate your costs and savings at WSU.

Program mission statement

In keeping with the urban mission of Wayne State University, the M.A. program in Counselor Education prepares professional counselors who are knowledgeable in counseling theories and techniques, who can translate theories and evidence-based strategies into effective practice, who are committed to respecting diversity among all people and who ascribe to the highest ethical standards and practices.

Program objectives

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical, philosophical and evidenced based research assumptions of counseling processes and techniques in clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling and school counseling programs.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to challenge personal beliefs and biases promote advocacy and social justice for diverse populations.
  3. Students will understand the legal, ethical and professional issues that impact the fields of clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and rehabilitation counseling.
  4. Students will be able to translate theories and evidenced based strategies into effective practices in a culturally diverse society.

Annual program outcome report 2022

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:

Program

Rehabilitation Counseling
(currently accredited under
the CORE Standards)

Clinical Mental
Health Counseling

School Counseling

Number of Graduates 3 57 17
Completion Rate 70% 70% 65%

Licensure/Certification
Pass Rate

85% 85% 95%
Job Placement Rate of
graduates actively
seeking employment
85% 85% 85%

Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP)

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

The Wayne State University Art Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of  the  Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

Center For Credentialing & Education

Wayne State University has been qualified by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) as a Registered Credential Training Provider, RCTP1002-ACS, to provide training courses qualified for credit for eligibility for the Approved Clinical Supervisor Credential with the course: CED 9120: Seminar & Internship Supervising Counselors. 

Wayne State University has been qualified by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) as a Registered Credential Training Provider, RCTP1001-GCDF, to provide training courses qualified for credit for eligibility for the Global Career Development Facilitator Credential with the course: CED 6065: Career Development and Employment Strategies.

Contact

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
School Counseling 

Shadin Atiyeh
Assistant professor (teaching)
313-577-8853
fz8816@wayne.edu

Thomas Michalos, Ph.D.
Assistant professor (teaching)
313-577-4598
thomas.michalos@wayne.edu

Rehabilitation Counseling

Sameerah Davenport, Ph.D.
Assistant professor (teaching)
313-577-9356
sameerah.davenport@wayne.edu

Art Therapy

Holly Feen, Ph.D.
Associate professor
313-577-1823
hfeen@wayne.edu

Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations

Phone: 313-577-1613

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