Limited-Residency Master of Science in Counseling

Programs uniquely suited to prepare students as mental health or professional counselors

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Mission Statement 

The Prescott College Master of Science program in Counseling 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.

Program Area Objectives 

The Limited-Residency Master of Science in Counseling Program lists the following as its program area objectives:


·          To be competent in counseling skills and practice;

·          To integrate global and local issues with professional counseling practice;

·          To be aware of and cultivate respect for cultural differences and similarities and be able to apply this cultural sensitivity to the             counseling profession;

·          To be aware of social justice, social status, and social action in the practice of counseling;

·          To maintain a commitment to personal growth, self-awareness, and self-reflection;

·          To identify and develop a personal theoretical knowledge base that promotes an intentional counseling practice;

·          To assess, develop, and apply interventions and techniques based on the culture, uniqueness, and needs of each client;

·          To be aware of and understand how to resolve ethical and legal issues in the counseling profession;

·          To know how to read, interpret, evaluate, and apply scholarly research; and

·          To understand and apply assessment and program evaluation in the counseling profession


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.

Five areas of Specialization

Students must specialize in one of five areas of specialization:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Couple and Family Therapy Counseling
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • School Counseling


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.


Concentrations are offered in:

Adventure-Based Psychotherapy


Equine-assisted Mental Health

Expressive Art Therapy

Somatic Psychology

Our flexible program allows students the freedom to work with faculty to customize their educational experience based on their career and educational goals.

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