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Counseling, M.A. (Core)

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 60 hours

This program is also offered via Global Campus.

The Counselor Education faculty at Central Michigan University offer courses and programs designed to prepare students to work as counseling personnel in public and private schools, institutions of higher education, community-based social service agencies, and private practice. Many classes are offered afternoons, evenings, and weekends, or online to better accommodate nontraditional students. Students who successfully complete the program of studies earn a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling.

Faculty members include licensed professional counselors, licensed school counselors, and nationally certified counselors. Full-time counselor education faculty hold doctoral degrees in counselor education. Teaching excellence is a top priority of the faculty.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 2.8

Application Deadline: February 1 for Summer/Fall admission OR September 1 for Spring admission

See Admission Requirement Details Below

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for Admission to the M.A. in Counseling program, a complete application includes:

  • a graduate application;
  • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree work, 
  • written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study; and 
  • Two completed Program Recommendation Forms with attached letters. Both references must be from professional and/or academic references. Letters will only be accepted when attached to the Program Recommendation Form, sent to

The written statement should consist of a 3-page APA formatted essay detailing the following:

  1. state your career goals;
  2. describe how completing an M.A. in Counseling will help you fulfill those goals; and
  3. describe your strengths and areas for growth as a graduate student.

Two completed Program Recommendation Forms with attached letters are required for your application. Both should be professional references from an academic instructor, current/past supervisor, colleague etc. Letters written from family members or friends are not acceptable.

Please use the Program Recommendation Form to provide to those people you wish to receive a recommendation from: Program Letter of Recommendation Form. The student should complete the top half of the form, and then the person providing the reference should complete the bottom portion of the form and submit it directly to the Central Michigan University Admission Office email at

The applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) (2.8 minimum), two letters of recommendation, and written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study are all considered in determining admission. Students who have below a 2.8 minimum undergraduate GPA are still encouraged to apply and will receive consideration. All application materials must be received in the Department of Counseling and Special Education before a decision will be made whether to invite the applicant for either a virtual or in-person interview. Application deadlines are: February 1 for Summer/Fall admission and September 1 for Spring admission.

If an applicant has met all of the requirements and is invited for a virtual or in-person interview by department faculty, attendance at the interview is mandatory and the dates of the interview will be made available in advance for you to make accommodations to be there.

Upon successful completion of the initial screening process and interview, the applicant will be recommended for admission. This decision will be sent to Graduate Studies and if approved, the applicant will receive Regular Admission.

Program Requirements

The Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling concentrations require each candidate to successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours. Students will gain knowledge and experience in research, group techniques, counseling theories, counseling techniques, ethics, counseling philosophy, multicultural counseling, testing procedures, career development, and consulting. Practicum and internship experiences will complete the minimum requirements. Elective courses will provide students additional studies and experience in areas of personal interest.

Each student will participate in a supervised counseling experience (practicum), either in the Center for Community Counseling and Development or at a community-based site, in addition to a 600 hour community-based internship experience.

Elective courses will be selected with the approval of the advisor.

Progress through the program is based on satisfactory grades (grade point average of "B" or better) and satisfactory evaluations of pre-professional functioning (e.g., demonstration of appropriate personal and professional skills, ethical standards, and behaviors). Serious and persistent difficulties in pre-professional functioning may result in dismissal from the program.


Program Requirements


Core Courses (42 hours)

CED 610Career Counseling


CED 620Introduction to Multicultural Issues in Counseling


CED 630Ethics and Consultation in Counseling


CED 640Assessment in Counseling


CED 641Introduction to Counseling for Addictions


CED 650Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling


CED 660Counseling Techniques


CED 665Personal and Professional Development Across the Lifespan


CED 677Counseling Theories


CED 679Crisis and Trauma Counseling


CED 686Psychopathology in Counseling


CED 690Counseling Practicum


CED 695Research in Counseling


CED 699Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling


Plan B Requirement (6 hours)

Satisfied by CED 691 (6 hours).

CED 691Internship



Select one of the following concentrations:

Addiction Counseling

Clinical Mental Health

School Counseling