What will I learn?

The following background courses are required for each of the counseling programs. Students must complete these leveling courses within the first year of enrollment.

School Counseling:

general psych
SPE 329 or SPE 567

No post-baccalaureate courses will be approved unless the student has completed or is concurrently enrolled in required background courses. Students with deficiencies in background courses must be enrolled in those courses every semester until all deficiencies are completed.


Students in all concentrations take the following core curriculum (48 hours):

COU 510 - Survey of Abnormalities Credit(s): 3
COU 559 - Assessment in Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 521 - Seminar: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Credit(s): 3
COU 523 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 525 - Career Development and Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 528 - Group Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 531 - Theories of Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 533 - Counseling Skills and Techniques Credit(s): 3
COU 535 - Multicultural Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 539 - Professional Counseling Practices Credit(s): 3
COU 541 - Seminar in Counseling Research Credit(s): 3
COU 585 - Lifespan Development Credit(s): 3
COU 591 - Mental Health Psychopathology Credit(s): 3
COU 594 - Practicum in Counseling Credit(s): 3
COU 595 - Internship in Counseling Credit(s): 3-6 (six hours)

Concentration Specific Requirements

School Counseling (twelve hours):

COU 524 - The School Counselor Credit(s): 3
COU 529 - Child and Adolescent Therapy Credit(s): 3
COU 534 - School Counseling Programs Credit(s): 3
COU 520 - Professional Orientation in Counseling Credit(s): 3

Which department am I in?

James I. Perkins College of Education

Study options

Full Time (48 hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,562.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


James I. Perkins College of Education

1936 North Street,



75965, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements:

Be in your final year of undergraduate work;

Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; or

Have 95 or more semester hours of undergraduate work at SFA and be approved as an Overlap Student (an undergraduate pursuing graduate and undergraduate studies at the same time).

Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Minimum GPA requirements vary depending on your academic major.

You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE.

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