Counseling (M.A.)

Location Offered: 
On-Campus

Program Overview:

Mental Health Counseling (3 Year Program)
The UNI Mental Health Counseling program (M.A.) has an outstanding reputation and received the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Master's Degree Program Award in 1999. Our program is based on long-standing tradition and is delivered by highly energetic faculty who are extensively involved in research, practice, and professional service at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Graduates of this program will be prepared to practice in a variety of mental health and community agencies, including hospitals, clinics, substance abuse agencies, hospice organizations, and mental health centers. The Mental Health Counseling Program, the first CACREP-accredited mental health program in the nation, has a well-established nationwide reputation for excellence.

School Counseling (3 Year Program)
The UNI School Counseling program (M.A.E.) prepares individuals to practice counseling in K-12 school settings. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to implement a comprehensive, sequential, developmental program as described in the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. Furthermore, they will be trained to collaborate as well as assume leadership roles in order to promote healthy development for all children and families in a diverse society. The School Counseling Program, also CACREP-accredited has a well-established nationwide reputation for excellence, having been one of the first programs in the nation to train elementary counselors and among the first to offer K-12 training programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • International Application for Admission
  • Official Transcripts sent directly from your current and/or all prior academic institutions that you have attended to the Office of Admissions
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Official TOEFL (79), IELTS (6.5), or Duolingo (105)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Applicant Statement addressing Personal experience, Motivations for seeking degree and Answering the following Questions:
  1. Describe a time where you demonstrated leadership or spoke up for something you believe in.
  2. Discuss messages you may have received from your relatives about people who were different from you and how your experiences with diverse populations do or do not reflect those messages.
  3. Describe significant personal/professional experiences that influenced you.
  4. Cite your favorite quote and discuss its meaning.

Application Deadlines:

  • Mental Health Counseling

                 Fall Admission is due February 1

  • School Counseling

                 Fall Admission is due February 1

Graduate Assistantship Requirements:

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