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Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling


Limited Residency Master of Science in Counseling

The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program offers you an opportunity to discover and develop your own therapeutic qualities while learning theory and building skills for professional practice as either clinical counselors, couple and family therapists, addiction counselors, or school counselors in various capacities of your own choosing. At the heart of the program is a holistic approach to mental health, healing and wellness.  This approach emphasizes empowerment of the client and recognizes the client’s experiential awareness as a key element in meaningful change. 

The Masters in Counseling Program provides an interdisciplinary, student-centered learning environment that integrates global and local social and professional issues with professional practice while maintaining an emphasis on student academic, professional, and cultural competence.

The 60 semester credit curriculum includes required core courses and supervised clinical experiences needed for all graduates to be prepared for successful, ethical and competent practice as mental health counselors as well as eligibility to pursue licensure in most states.  Please see our Annual Report and Vital Statistics Report.

Students must select one of five areas of specialization:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention, and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals.  An emphasis in Somatic Oriented Counseling is available within this specialization. 
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling prepares graduates to work with individuals, couples, and families from a family systems perspective. Marriage, Couple and Family Counselors work with clients across a variety of mental and emotional disorders, relationship issues, or communication issues and in a variety of work settings including inpatient facilities, community mental health centers, private practice offices, and social service agencies.
  • Rehabilitation Counseling prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide range of disabilities issues in training, and vocational programs, as well as in a more broad mental health counseling context. Rehabilitation counselors partner with individuals with disabilities to assist them in make informed choices, obtain gainful employment, pursue meaningful careers, and live independently.
  • Addictions Counseling prepares graduates to work with persons and families affected by alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual and other addictive disorders (e.g., food-related).  This program focuses on models of treatment, prevention, recovery, and relapse prevention of addiction, along with the appropriate application of appropriate interventions.
  • School Counseling prepares graduates to work with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. School counselors promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students through understanding how to design and implement comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs that include time for individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, and family and teacher consultations within the school setting.

Students have the option to enhance their education by choosing from several innovative concentrations.  Prescott College shares the distinction of offering these concentrations with a select handful of other programs in the United States: Adventure-based Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Equine-Assisted Mental Health,  and Expressive Art Therapy.

Graduate Teaching Scholarships are available for students who wish to gain teaching experience and defray the cost of their Master’s program.  A complete description and application instructions can be found here.

We have submitted our application for CACREP accreditation, but there is no guarantee in terms of timeline or eventual outcome.   More information on CACREP accreditation

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Art Therapist
  • Couple and Family Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Wilderness Therapist