MA in Counseling

Chapman University

Program Description

MA in Counseling

Chapman University

Our masters in school counseling provides training for candidates who wish to work as professional school counselors from preschool through high school. The school counseling program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including college and career guidance, mental health counseling, student social and emotional support, and consultation with teachers and parents.

The program builds on the mission of the College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and reflective school counselors who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities, and institutions. Chapman's masters in school counseling curriculum is built on the American School Counselor Association's National Model of school counseling as well as eight "big ideas." These include:

  • Collaboration
  • Cultural Competence
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Self-reflection and tolerance for complexity and ambiguity
  • Commitment to service and advocacy
  • Building solutions for children through an appreciation of their strengths and resources
  • Understanding children both as individuals and as participants in systems

Future School Counselor Promise

The College of Educational Studies is pleased to announce the “Future School Counselor Promise” award for newly admitted students for the 2014-15 academic year. The award will be handled as a Dean’s Fellowship in the amount of $1,000. All accepted students will be given further information on receiving this award.

Admission requirements

  • Submit an online application
  • A statement of intent, the prompt can be found within the application.
  • A current resume or vita that includes information on experiences working with children and/or families.
  • One set of official transcripts from all institutions the applicant has received (or will be receiving) a degree from.
  • Official GRE Scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be from someone who has experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential. The second recommendation should be from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate works with children.
  • Please note that the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is not required for admission to the School Counseling program however admitted students will be required to turn in documentation of having passed the CBEST before beginning practicum fieldwork
  • $60 application fee.

Program at a Glance

  • Cohort model with entry each fall semester.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and faculty on professional training, research, publications, and presentations.
  • A 48 unit program that can be completed in 2 years of full time study or 3 years of part time study.
  • 200 hours of practica and 600 hours of internship for a total of 800 hours of fieldwork.
  • Students also earn the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling at the same time as the Master of Arts in Counseling.
  • Option for an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling, which fulfills the educational requirements for the California license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
  • School Counseling 2 year, full time course schedule
  • Student organization is the Chapman University Association of School Counselors
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 11, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Part time
Full time
805 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Orange, California
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 805 USD
per credit.