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Explore Our MS in School Counseling

Students from grades preK–12 face unprecedented challenges, from academic struggles to bullying, self-esteem, and family issues. As a licensed or certified school counselor, you can help children and adolescents overcome obstacles and achieve success while building a rewarding career.

The CACREP-accredited MS in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University. Through online coursework, two in-person residencies, and field experiences, you will prepare to provide critical guidance and support to diverse student populations in preK–12 settings.

Virtual School

Gain the critical skills you need to function effectively in a school setting by experiencing the school counseling profession through online simulation.

Accelerated Track

An optional accelerated track allows you to complete your coursework faster and earn your degree sooner.

Four Specializations

Align your studies with your goals by choosing a specialization.

Tailored Content

Tailored content is designed to address knowledge gaps within the counseling field as identified in the 2011 National Survey of School Counselors.1

Aligned Curriculum

Benefit from a curriculum that explores the latest models and methods of school counseling and reflects professional guidelines set forth by leading counseling and education organizations.

Program Savings

Speak with an Enrollment Specialist to learn about our current tuition savings.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

MS in School Counseling General Program gives you a solid foundation in school counseling theories, approaches, and best practices while enabling you to gain hands-on experience in the classroom.

Addiction Counseling

This specialization prepares you with the skills and insights to help students cope with the emotional challenges of watching a loved one struggle with dependence.

Crisis and Trauma

Study human behavior following a crisis, psychological disorders that can stem from trauma, and the fundamentals of emergency planning.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Learn how to support the well-being of your students as they cope with complex personal and family challenges.

Military Families and Culture

Gain insights into military culture as well as the unique emotional needs of children of active military personnel and veterans.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Accelerated Track Option

The accelerated track in the school counseling program is designed for students who are interested in taking three courses per quarter and finishing their program in a shorter time frame. The accelerated track has the same curriculum, residencies, and field experience requirements as the general track, but requires a strong time commitment and is best suited for students who can dedicate themselves full time to their studies. Speak to your Enrollment Specialist for more information.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
  • Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
  • Analyze cultural development theories and models.
  • Examine empirically based theories of human development.
  • Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
  • Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  • Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  • Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  • Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  • Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

Read our MS in School Counseling Program Outcomes Report (pdf) and Annual Data Report (pdf.)

What's the Career Impact of Earning an MS in School Counseling?

Skills That Are in Demand


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% employment growth for school and career counselors between 2019 and 2029.2

Earning an MS in School Counseling can prepare you for a variety of rewarding career roles, including:

  • School counselor
  • Academic counselor
  • Academic advisor
  • Counselor for college and career readiness

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

FAQ About Walden’s Online MS in School Counseling Program

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