Counselor Education

Student Outcomes Information

The M.S. in Counseling at USM has three concentrations: Mental Health (MH), School Counseling (SC), and Rehabilitation Counseling (RC). The program admits students annually to begin either in summer or fall semester with a goal of admitting approximately 48-52 students for the combined concentrations (approximately 29-31 for MH; 14-16 for SC; and 5 for RC in either the traditional vocational rehabilitation track or the psychiatric rehabilitation track.The chart below lists the number of graduates for each academic year.          *expected to graduate

Academic Years SC MH RC
Dec 2011-Aug 2012 14 24 5
Dec 2012-Aug 2013 13 24 3
Dec 2013-Aug 2014* 9 16 6

The average time to complete the program is 3.5 years, since many students enroll part time while they also work. Each concentration within the program is a 60+ credit master's degree in counseling. This credit load is expected to require 2.5 to 3 years full time and 4-5 years part time. There are currently 154 students matriculated in the graduate program. The grade point average of the current students in the program is 3.85 in 2013-14. The program retention during this period is estimated at 90%.

Students in the M.S. in Counseling have access to multiple scholarship programs. The School of Education and Human Development has scholarship funds specifically for counseling students. The Office of Graduate Studies also has some scholarship funds, (e.g., Jack & Annie Sutton Scholarship, Dorothy & Dick Moore Scholarship), specifically for eligible counseling students. The School of Education and Human Development annually awards about $85,000 in scholarships with an average award amount of $2,000 per student. Several counseling students are awarded scholarships each year, with most receiving awards when they are nearing completion of their program with the intention to assist them financially while they are in internship.

A review of our graduates indicates that 99% of students complete program coursework successfully pass their national Comprehensive Preparation for Counseling Exam (CPCE). Our students in Counselor Education score at least one standard deviation above the national mean for this competency exam.  

MH graduates qualify for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Maine. The SC graduates who complete the traditional program qualify for Certification as School Counselors in the state of Maine, as well as for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Maine. With additional coursework and a clinical internship, these SC students can also qualify for the LCPC. The RC graduates who complete the traditional program can qualify for the LPC in Maine and those who pursue the psychiatric rehabilitation track can qualify for the LCPC. Among our graduates, 95% are employed immediately. MH graduates find jobs in agencies or private practice. SC graduates are by majority employed in the greater Portland area school districts. A majority of the RC graduates work in the rehabilitation, mental health or a disability-related field.

Our SC graduates sit for the PRAXIS II and our RC graduates are qualified to sit for the Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) exam. All graduates may sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE). Graduates who take either or both of these exams have a reported passing rate of 100% and many seek state professional licensure afterwards.  According to alumni, employment settings for graduates include: community mental health, rehabilitation, and addictions treatment, and counseling agencies and programs; state vocational rehabilitation agencies; Veterans Administration; schools; correction programs; community behavioral health and rehabilitation programs; private insurance and case management; disability management; and private practice.

Graduate Tuition & Fees-Cost of Attendance per Credit Hour for 2014-2015:

# of Credits Total Tuition & Fees (Maine resident) Total Tuition & Fees (Out-of-State Resident)
3 credits $1,279.00 $3,217.00
6 credits $2,611.00 $6.487.00
9 credits $3,835.00 $9,649.00
12 credits $5,086.00 $12,838.00