Master of Arts in Counseling
Develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions you need to become a reflective practitioner in the art and science of counseling. Gain the experiences you need to pursue entry-level licensure or certification as a caring, committed, competent, and culturally aware professional.
The application opens November 2. Apply by April 1, 2021, for priority consideration.Apply
Two Degree Paths
Master of Arts — Mental Health Counseling
Equip people to navigate relationships, environments, and challenges in their lives and communities as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Master of Arts — School Counseling
Meet the academic, career, and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools as a Certified/Licensed School Counselor.
- Experienced professors with a history of strong results on licensing/certification exams
- Fully online courses combined with practical experience in the field
- An emphasis on reflective practice, cultural awareness, and relationship/skill development
- Practical application of wellness, prevention, and intervention principles
- A research-supported cohort system designed for the working professional
- A brand-new program at a university rated #1 in Missouri and #7 nationally for job placement by Zippia
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The Master of Arts in Counseling at Truman State University follows a cohort model designed to meet the most commonly accepted national standards for counselor preparation: those of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
For information on State Authorization and licensure requirements in a particular state or territory, see State Authorization.
Your degree will be a mix of core coursework, internships, a practicum and professional practice.
Dr. Karl Witt, Chair, Counseling Department
Meet the Faculty
A native of rural Texas, Dr. Karl Witt has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, and also holds an M.S. in Counseling from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and a B.A. in Physics with a Mathematics minor from Texas A&M University. He is a national board-certified counselor and a dually-licensed counselor and counselor supervisor with current research interests in rural mental health and counselor training.
AUGUST 2021 START:
Apply by April 1
JANUARY 2022 START:
Apply by October 1
Admission is made on a rolling basis but is limited to 24 students per cohort (across both Mental Health and School Counseling programs). Apply early for priority consideration. Once a given cohort is full you will be asked to defer until the following term.
In addition to the online application, you’ll need to submit the following:
The GRE® is also required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.000. Once all materials are submitted, qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a Zoom interview.
You’ll pay a flat tuition rate of $500 per credit hour regardless of whether or not you are a Missouri resident, bringing the total cost of the program to $30,000. No student fees. No online course fees.
Enrolled students taking at least six credit hours per semester are eligible for federal financial aid programs. For more information, see our Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Studies page or contact the Financial Aid Office at (660) 785-4130 or email@example.com.
We hope to introduce institutional scholarships and graduate assistantships as the program grows, but these are not currently available.