Master of Arts (MA)
Create your path to a successful career in counseling.
You love helping others realize their full potential and are ready to reach your own. With a Master of Arts degree in counselor education—college counseling from Western Michigan University, your career advancement is in your own hands.
You choose your own post-graduate career path. Once you obtain the college counseling master's degree from WMU, you can apply for a limited license as a professional counselor from the state of Michigan. You may also qualify as a National Certified Counselor upon satisfactory completion of the NBCC exam, among other criteria.
Why college counseling at Western Michigan University?
When it comes to completing practicum hours, the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology offers several options. With on-site clinics in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, there are many opportunities for training. The program also has connections with many area counseling sites where you may complete your practicum.
The college counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and related Educational Programs. Not only will your experience as a graduate student be valued by employers, your degree will be well recognized and highly commended.
Who should apply
Anyone with a strong undergraduate academic career (3.0 or higher cumulative GPA) in psychology or a related field is encouraged to apply.
The college counseling program prepares students for careers as counselors in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities.
Employer tuition reimbursement
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
"Best bang for the buck"
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.