What will I learn?

The purpose of the program is to provide (a) graduate-level training for individuals seeking employment by community mental health centers, the Arkansas State Department of Human Services, and other community agencies; (b) electives and enrichment for other master’s degree programs; and (c) courses of interest to persons holding a baccalaureate degree.

The master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling is designed to provide students with training in both clinical and developmental counseling. It also meets Arkansas licensure requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors. Candidates for this degree will be required to develop skills necessary to provide personal and group counseling for clients in mental health, community agencies, private practice, and business and industry settings.

A student’s plan of study is designed to meet licensure requirements according to Arkansas law. Southern Arkansas University is not responsible for courses required for licensure if the state changes requirements after the student’s program is approved. Earning a master’s degree from Southern Arkansas University does not mean that the degree recipient will receive a license.

Professional Education Core Courses (3 credit hours)

EDUC 6003 Educational Research

Counseling Core Courses (57 credit hours)

COUN 6403 Introduction to the Counseling Profession
COUN 6413 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUN 6423 Counseling Theories
COUN 6433 Basic Counseling Skills
COUN 6443 Group Counseling
COUN 6453 Human Development for Helping Professionals
COUN 6463 Career Counseling: Theory and Practice
COUN 6473 Counseling in a Diverse Society
COUN 6483 Assessment Procedures for Counselors
COUN 6493 Practicum in Counseling
COUN 6503 Case Management & DSM-IV Diagnosis
COUN 6513 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I
COUN 6523 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II
COUN 6533 Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques
COUN 6543 Substance Abuse Counseling: Theory and Practice
COUN 6553 Marriage and Family Counseling: Theory and Practice
COUN 6563 Human Sexuality: Concepts, Theory and Practice
COUN 6573 Psychopharmacology and the Counseling Profession
COUN 6583 Counseling Children and Adolescents

Learning Goals

Our graduates can communicate effectively.
Our graduates are prepared to be personally and socially responsible citizens.
Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Online/Distance (3.5 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
$6,400.00 (4,75,107) per year
USD $3,200 (Fall), USD $3,200 (Spring); USD $459/hr
Start date

18 August 2021, 12 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students has completed a baccalaureate degree. A score of 79 or higher on the Internet TOEFL, A score of 550 or higher on the written TOEFL, A score of 173 or higher on the computerized TOEFL, A score of Band 6/6.5 (overall) on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center or its equivalent.

For international students

Students should have a bachelor’s degree completion.

For other international students, the English language requirement of SAU will be met when the applicant has submitted proof of one of the following:

A score of 550 or higher on the written TOEFL

A score of 210 or higher on the computerized TOEFL

A score of 79 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL

A score of Band 6.0 (overall) on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center or its equivalent

Completion of EF Level 5

Completion of level 5 SAU ESL program

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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