- Flexible, accessible programs - Students can attend part- or full-time, all courses are in late afternoon or evening, and some courses are available online. Full-time students complete their degree in approximately two years; part-time students may take up to six years to complete their degree.
- Real-world learning - Master's students complete 700-1000 hours of supervised internship at sites they choose
- Multiple areas of expertise - students can choose mental health, school, or rehabilitation counseling. Mental health students can also specialize in family systems or substance abuse
- CACREP and CORE accreditation - The Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations hold accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). The Rehabilitation Counseling concentration holds accreditation from the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
- High graduate employment rates - More than 98% of Counselor Education Program graduates have been successfully employed in the field or have chosen to pursue further education.
Counseling Program Options
The Master of Science in Counseling offers three concentrations which can lead to different licenses and areas of practice:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling - graduates are eligible to be Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) in Maine. Two areas of expertise are available:
- Family Systems - for students seeking theoretical and practical expertise in couples and family work.
- Substance Abuse - for students seeking expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of co-occuring and substance use disorders.
- Rehabilitation Counseling - graduates qualify for licensure as a Certified Rehabilitation counselor (CRC), a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C), and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling speciality qualifies graduates for the LCPC license.
- School Counseling - graduates are prepared for full certification as school counselors by the Maine Department of Education.
The Certificate of Advanced Study is a self-designed post-master’s program, allowing students to develop a professionally relevant focus area. Examples of areas of study include: holistic counseling, trauma work, family work, expressive arts counseling, and play therapy.
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community provides training in psychosocial rehabilitation. It can lead to certification as a MHRT/C or an employment specialist.