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MS in School Counseling




What will I learn?

The 60-credit Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. The degree includes a core curriculum and specialization courses. The curriculum covers school counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on school counseling training experiences that meet state certification requirements.

The degree satisfies New York State educational requirements for both provisional/permanent and initial/professional certification in school counseling, with SUNY New Paltz recommending graduates for certification. Detailed information on the certification of school counselors in New York is available from the State Education Department (SED) at

The degree can be completed full-time in two years, including summer classes. Students may attend part-time, but all degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a baccalaureate transcript should be from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.
Successful completion of 9 undergraduate credits in the social sciences, including courses in inferential statistics and research methods.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL ibt: 80; IELTS: 6.5; PTE Academic: 53.

Application Deadline

The M.S. in School Counseling degree only admits students for the fall semester. Application review begins February 1 and continues until the class is filled.

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


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