Master of Arts in Counseling (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.

The AATA-Approved Art Therapy program, integrated within Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a "concentration" in art therapy, prepares students as competent entry-level art therapists, in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Students’ CMHC +AC 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 and art therapists.

Important dates

  • 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. Handbook for Art Therapy students.
  • 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. Wayne State Universtiy and college scholarships and financial information for students. 

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.

Plans of Work

*To learn more about the Art Therapy program for admission information, differences in the program, tuition, portfolio, careers, licensure, certification information and program newsletters, visit our FAQs.

**Upon completion of all credits on students' plans of work, students are eligible for graduation (degree awarded). Completion of credits means that all credits are completed, including internship (AT 7890/CED7020) and masters essay (AT 7999). For full instructions and guidelines, visit Graduation and Commencements.


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


Art Therapy courses

Students in the art therapy concentration will be required to take the following courses:

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 33
AT 6320 Art Therapy: Introduction and Ethics 3
AT 6340 Theory of Art Therapy 3
AT 7500 Cultural and Social Diversity 3
AT 7300 Studio Art Therapy 3
AT 7330 Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents 3
AT 7340 Art Therapy Assessment and Practice with Adults and Families 3
AT 7310 Art Therapy with Groups 3
AT 7000 Research in Art Therapy 3
AT 7999 Art Therapy Masters Project and Specialization 3
AT 7380 Art Therapy Practicum 3
AT 7890 Art Therapy 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

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 2021

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

Number of Graduates 14 35 11
Completion Rate 71% 70% 49%

Pass Rate

84% 84% 84%
Job Placement Rate of
graduates actively
seeking employment
84% 84% 84%


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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