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Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Counselor Education

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In the Master of Arts in Counselor Education program you will train to become either a Professional School Counselor or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. You'll learn the concepts of counseling in both theory and practice on your way to becoming an ethical, self-reflective practitioner who will transform the lives and communities for greater health, well-being and the common good of all. The school counseling program readies you to become a professional school counselor in public and private primary and secondary settings. Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work in community-based agencies and hospitals, counseling centers within higher education, and private practice settings around Ohio and the nation.

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Program features

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Career Paths

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Funding Opportunities 

In order to learn about program costs, please refer to the Registrar's office website.

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Degree Requirements 

As of Autumn 2022 the Counselor Education program will permanently no longer require the GRE as an admissions requirement.

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Minimum Program hours: 60

Bachelor's degree; minimum 3.0 GPA; GRE not required

Deadline to apply

December 1

Additional Application Requirements

Special Statement of Intent

  1. Why do you want to be a counselor?
  2. Specify which track (clinical mental health counseling or school counseling) you are interested in. Tell us how your background, experiences, and interests align with that track.
  3. Tell us about all helping experiences (paid and volunteer) you have had in the past.
  4. What are the social justice issues you believe are part of the work of a counselor in that track?
  5. What are your professional goals once you complete the Masters degree in your track?
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Program Start

Autumn semester

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Licensure disclosure 

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at

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