MA in Community Counseling
Completion of the MA degree program requires 48 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area. The program includes 450 clock hours of practicum/internship experience (for six semester hours of course credit). Students must also take and pass a four-hour written comprehensive examination during their final semester of study.
Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the course listed below, or its equivalent. Ideally students will have completed this course prior to the start of the program.
- Introductory Statistics course
Counseling Core (27 semester hours)
- CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
- CPSY 421: Professional Issues in Counseling
- CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
- CPSY 424: Career Development and Counseling
- CPSY 425: Assessment in Counseling
- CPSY 426: Group Counseling
- CPSY 433: Multicultural Counseling
- CPSY 454: Human Development
- RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology
Specialty Area (21 semester hours)
- RMTD 482: Introduction to Linear Models OR
RMTD 421: Educational Research II
- CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health
- CPSY 499: Independent Research*
- CPSY 440: Practicum**
- CPSY 441: Internship
- One Research Elective (see handbook for courses)
- One General Elective (see handbook for courses)
* Students are required to participate on a faculty member's research team for one semester. CPSY 499 should be taken at that time and the student should register for his or her faculty mentor's section of CPSY 499. Voluntary (i.e., not for course credit) participation in research for more than one semester is recommended.
** Practicum/Internship requires 450 hours of supervised experience in a setting relevant to community counseling practice.
Length of the Program: Most students complete the program over a two-year period as a full-time student, including at least one summer. Part-time study is also an option. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in Community Counseling are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School’s Associate Dean.
Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See the handbook for details. Comprehensive examination application deadlines are as follows (see School of Education Academic Calendar for comprehensive exam dates):
- Fall Exam: August 1
- Spring Exam: December 1
Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:
- August 1 for December conferral
- December 1 for May conferral
- February 1 for August conferral*
*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement
Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.
Practicum Sites: The Chicagoland area provides a wealth of clinical training opportunities for the students in community, school, and clinical mental health counseling programs. Students receive generalist training but through site selection can begin to acquire population-specific competencies in working with children, adolescents, families, gay/lesbian/bisexual clients, and other groups of individuals. Many of the practicum sites also contain APA-approved internship programs where trainees are provided with rigorous supervision and on-site seminars.
To discuss typical practicum settings and sites in Chicago and its suburbs, please contact Rufus Gonzales, Practicum Coordinator, at 312.915.6378