Counseling, M.S.

Program Director: Andrew Campbell, Ph.D.; campbell@hood.edu; 301-696-3764

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling will provide students with the knowledge and skill set needed to work as Clinical Mental Health Counselors or pre-K through 12th grade School Counselors. The program is designed to meet Maryland professional counselor licensure requirements; Maryland State Department of Education certification of the school counseling specialty is projected for 2017.  In addition, the program conforms to the standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and CACREP accreditation will be sought when the program becomes eligible to apply, in 2018. Graduates of the program will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills and practices necessary to address a wide variety of counseling activities in various settings. Graduates will be instructed in the following domains: foundations; counseling, prevention, and intervention; diversity and advocacy; assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis; academic development; collaboration and consultation; and leadership.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.S. in Counseling program, applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended. Depending on the applicant pool, GPAs under 3.0 may be considered if associated materials are strong. Applicants are encouraged to complete the GRE and/or additional counseling-related coursework to strengthen their applications.  Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview, with online or video interviews used for applicants who live more than two hours from campus.

Individuals applying to the master's in counseling program are required to submit: 

  • The online application

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae (by email to gofurther@hood.edu)
  • A personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to graduate school and how this program will facilitate the fulfillment of the applicant's professional goals (by email to gofurther@hood.edu)
  • A minimum of two (three preferred) academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (by email to gofurther@hood.edu)

All application materials should be submitted by June 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.  All materials and interview experiences will be considered by the department's admissions committee in order to render a decision. 

Program Requirements

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Required Specialty Courses

COUN 530Alcohol and Drug Counseling

3.0

COUN 531/PSY 531Diagnosis & Psychopathology

3.0

COUN 532Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders

3.0

COUN 533Marriage and Family Counseling

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Choose 12 credits from the following:

COUN 520/THAN 520Introduction to Thanatology

3.0

COUN 521/THAN 521Grief and Loss

3.0

COUN 523/THAN 523Principles of Thanatology

3.0

COUN 528/THAN 528Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology

3.0

COUN 554/GERO 554Social Gerontology

3.0

COUN 555/GERO 555Psychological Aspects of Aging

3.0

COUN 556/GERO 556Health and Aging

3.0

COUN 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0

COUN 590Teaching Assistantship

1.0

COUN 595Independent Research Project

3.0

COUN 599Special Topics in Counseling

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Practicum and Internship Requirements

COUN 596Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling

3.0

COUN 597Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling

6.0

Total Credit Hours:9.0

SCHOOL COUNSELING

Required Specialty Courses

COUN 540Foundations of School Counseling

3.0

COUN 541Program Planning, Management and Evaluation of School Counseling Programs

3.0

COUN 542Collaboration, Consultation and Supervision

3.0

COUN 543Counseling Youth

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Choose 12 credits from the following:

COUN 520/THAN 520Introduction to Thanatology

3.0

COUN 521/THAN 521Grief and Loss

3.0

COUN 523/THAN 523Principles of Thanatology

3.0

COUN 528/THAN 528Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology

3.0

COUN 530Alcohol and Drug Counseling

3.0

COUN 531/PSY 531Diagnosis & Psychopathology

3.0

COUN 532Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders

3.0

COUN 533Marriage and Family Counseling

3.0

COUN 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0

COUN 590Teaching Assistantship

1.0

COUN 595Independent Research Project

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Practicum and Internship Requirements

COUN 596Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling

3.0

COUN 597Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling

6.0

Total Credit Hours:9.0

Core Requirements

COUN 500/PSY 500Human Development as a Lifelong Process

3.0

COUN 501Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

3.0

COUN 502Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

3.0

COUN 503Lifestyle and Career Development

3.0

COUN 504Counseling Techniques

3.0

COUN 505Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling

3.0

COUN 506Research and Program Evaluation

3.0

COUN 511/PSY 511Theories and Principles of Counseling

3.0

COUN 534/PSY 534Tests and Measurements

3.0

Total Credit Hours:27.0
Students will select one of two specializations.  If a student wishes to earn both specializations, he/she would be required to complete all specialty courses within the second specialization.  Additional state requirements for licensure eligibility in the second specialization may apply.

CERTIFICATE OPPORTUNITY

Certificate in Thanatology

In addition to the MS degree in Counseling, students may obtain a Certificate in Thanatology if they choose the following as their four elective courses:

COUN 521/THAN 521Grief and Loss

3.0

COUN 523/THAN 523Principles of Thanatology

3.0

COUN 528/THAN 528Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology

3.0

THAN 529Historical and Multicultural Perspectives in Thanatology

3.0

Students must indicate intent to complete the Certificate in Thanatology by emailing the Office of the Registrar at hoodgrad@hood.edu.

Total Credit Hours: 60.0