School Counseling, M.A.

Lead and serve the developmental needs of children in a school community

The School Counseling M.A. will teach you to support a student’s growth toward full academic and psychosocial potential.

The School Counseling program is offered full-time or part-time in a cohort format. This serves to build a strong learning community for students and allows for a richer graduate education experience. A student in the program can expect an instructional approach that combines lecture, interactive problem-based learning, individual project work, and peer-to-peer discussion.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Master of Arts programs are committed to preparing highly effective professional counselors through relationship-based and student-focused education. The programs aim to equip students to serve children, adolescents, adults, and families in a diverse range of school and community settings. Graduates are prepared to provide ethical, culturally responsive and sustaining, developmentally grounded, and evidence-informed counseling. They are equipped to engage in social justice advocacy, serving in their communities and their professions as agents of positive change.  

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Program Facts


The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs within the Department of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies at the University of Saint Joseph: School Counseling (M.A.) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Internship and Certification Requirements

School Counseling Program Outcomes and Advantages

Vital Program Statistics – 2021

Minimum Required Credits For Degree

  • MA in School Counseling – 60 credits
  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 60 credits

Current Enrollment (Fall 2021)

  • School Counseling: 33
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 68
  • Total: 101

Number Of Applicants For The Fall 2021 Cohort

  • 57 applicants
  • 48 admitted (37 Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 11 School Counseling)

Average Undergraduate GPA For Admitted Cohort

  • 3.56

Number Of Graduates – 2021

  • School Counseling Program – 8 Students
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 17 Students

Students Who Pursue License/Certification

  • School Counseling Program – 100% (certification is received upon graduation)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program – 100%

Employment Rate Within Six Months Of Graduation

  • School Counseling Program – 100%
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 100%

Graduation Rate:

  • School Counseling Program: 93% Graduation Rate
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 87% Graduation Rate

Students With Disabilities

Female Students – 3Male Students – 0

Master’s Student Demographics 2020 – 2021

Female Students – 87Male Students – 14
African American Females – 6African American Males – 1
Asian American Females – 3Asian American Males – 0
Caucasian Females – 57Caucasian Males – 11
Hispanic Females – 15Hispanic Males – 1
Native American Females – 0Native American Males – 0
Multiracial Females – 0Multiracial Males – 0

Counseling Faculty


Dr. Marte Ostvik-de Wilde
Associate Professor, Program Director
Phone: 860.231.5324
Email: [email protected]

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