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Requirements for The Master Of Science In Counseling Degree

  1. Credits must be earned in courses numbered 6000 or above. Continuing Education courses and audits do not apply toward the degree. All course work applied to the degree must have received a letter grade except for COUN7610 Thesis Research which is a pass/fail course.
  2. The candidate must complete course requirements as specified in the student's plan of study for the program area the student has designated.
  3. The degree must be completed within six years following candidate's admission to the program.
  4. Direct service field placement hours are required for graduation.  The number of hours accrued in the practicum and internship are commensurate with CACREP requirements and Idaho licensure law.
  5. In order to complete the program, students must have earned a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, a grade of B or higher must be earned in Pre-Practicum: Basic Counseling Skills, Practicum in Counseling, Internship, and their specialty area courses, in order for a student to graduate from the program. Grades of C- or lower will not count toward the graduate degree.  (See Counseling program Academic Standing Policy)
  6. The student must have passed all student learning outcomes at the proficient level or above. Failure to do so will lead to dismissal, suspension, delayed graduation, remediation or other faculty action.
  7. The candidate must perform satisfactorily on the Counselor Education Department exit criteria, which align with the University Values and Counselor Education Conceptual Model.  Exit requirements include: successful completion of the orientation course; a passing score on the comprehensive examination to be taken prior to degree completion date; participation in a minimum of four sessions of individual counseling; participation in a counseling group approved by the program prior or concurrent to enrollment in Practicum;  3 years of attendance at the state, regional, or national level in ACA, AMHCA, or ASCA affiliated conferences or other conferences specifically approved in advance of the conference by the faculty advisor; a minimum of two academic years of ACA membership; satisfactory completion of the student scholarly project, including the dissemination component; and other requirements described in the Counseling Student Handbook and Policy Manual.
  8. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 1 for Fall; October 15 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.