New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

School Counseling



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology offers graduate study leading to Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance, Educational Specialist in School Psychology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology degrees.

Coursework in the MA program encompasses human development, appraisal, diagnosis; treatment planning; individual, family, and group counseling; consultation; career/life planning; addictions; research; and professional issues. Successful completion of the MA program qualifies students to pursue licensure as clinical mental health counselors with the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board and licensure as school counselors with the New Mexico Department of Education.

The MA program also offers a specialization in Guidance and Human Relations. This program prepares professionals for guidance roles in the military, education, community agencies, corrections, and other settings. This specialization does not prepare students for licensure as counselors and is not accredited by the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The Educational Specialist program provides additional education beyond the MA that prepares professionals for licensure as school psychologists in New Mexico and throughout the United States. This program trains candidates to serve students with diverse educational, psychological, and emotional needs from various backgrounds. Currently the program offers additional training for the development of bilingual School Psychologists through a personnel preparation grant.

The PhD program is based on the scientist-practitioner model where both research and delivery skills are acquired. Graduates of the program are prepared to conduct research, provide service, teach, and supervise; in addition, students prepare for licensure as psychologists.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

International applicants submitting foreign post-secondary level transcripts are required to have their credentials evaluated by a recognized member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). NMSU requires a comprehensive course by course evaluation. In addition, international students must submit an English language proficiency exam (either TOEFL or IELTS.)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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