Earn your graduate degree in Counseling

Create the next step in your career with a Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree from Mount Mary University. Students may pursue two counseling concentrations: clinical mental health counseling (CACREP accredited) and school counseling. The program also offers an emphasis in clinical rehabilitation counseling within the clinical mental health counseling concentration.

Mount Mary’s coed professional counseling graduate program participates in the National Board for Certified Counselors’ national certification program, the Graduate Student Administration – National Counselor Certification Examination (GSA-NCC Exam). The NCC credential is the only master’s level, professional counselor certification you can apply for while enrolled in college. Professional counseling students enrolled at Mount Mary attend one of only five Wisconsin institutions whose students are eligible to earn the NCC credential through this program.

In 2016, the M.S. in Professional Counseling Program was officially awarded the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Innovative Counselor Education Program Award: To honor an outstanding, innovative, and/or unique professional counseling or counselor education program at an institution in the NCACES Region.

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Program Mission & Vision Statement

The mission of the Professional Counseling Program is to develop a diverse holistic learning community that prepares students for professional practice while developing a strong counselor identity, advocacy and leadership skills, integrity, and a deep sense of social justice. Students are trained to become multiculturally conscious trauma-responsive practitioners who are committed to the values and ethical principles of Mount Mary University and the counseling profession. The program fosters students’ development of self-awareness, knowledge, and the use of culturally inclusive practices to work with individuals, groups, and families in mental health, rehabilitation, and school settings.

The Professional Counseling Program is recognized as a diverse learning community that is intentional about inclusion and ensuring personal growth and accountability for all students as they learn to become multiculturally conscious trauma-responsive practitioners.

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Mount Mary’s Master of Science in Professional Counseling features:

  • Courses that prepare you to become a Licensed Professional CounselorSubstance Abuse Counselorlicensed school counselor, or to receive a Certificate of Completion in Trauma Counseling
  • Flexible class schedules with full-time and part-time study options
  • Knowledgeable instructors who are actively engaged in the counseling profession
  • Opportunities for employment at hospitals, nursing homes, family service organizations, hospices, schools, prisons, shelters, mental health clinics, substance abuse facilities and other clinical settings
  • Small class sizes that make interaction with fellow classmates and faculty easier
  • CACREP accreditation for the concentration in Clinical Mental Health

If you already hold a master’s degree in counseling, consider our post-master’s certificate in counseling program.

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Trauma-sensitive counselor

Wanda helped initiate a grant-funded trauma sensitive training program—conceived and spearheaded by two professors at Mount Mary, and it’s making a daily difference, impacting the lives of countless kids.

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