Master of Science in School Counseling
Promote Educational Success and Well-Being for All Students
100% Online Coursework
No. 1 Ranked University in the Midwest
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- Duration 2-3 years
- Cost per Credit $700
- Credit Hours 60
- No GRE required
- 700 hours of hands-on experience
- Dual-licensure in mental health counseling option
- Study abroad option
Prepare to Impact Lives with an MS in School Counseling
The Master of Science in School Counseling features coursework designed to prepare students for licensure as a professional school counselor through online classes and hands-on experience. Our coursework prepares you for licensure in Indiana. Requirements vary by state. The rigorous curriculum is taught by expert faculty and ensures you’ll be ready to succeed as a school counselor at the K-12 level. Our classes are aligned with national standards, emphasizing diversity and inclusion and evidence-based practices.
Bring Your Expertise to Public and Private K-12 Schools
Our graduates work in K-12 schools as counselors, career advisors, and more. The need for school counselors is expected to grow 11 percent between 2020 and 2030, resulting in 37,000 new positions.1 Coursework mirrors our successful on-campus program, which has boasted a nearly 100 percent job placement rate for the past decade.Career Outlook
Gain the Skills and Experience You Need as a School Counselor
20 total courses
60 total credits
Course topics include legal and ethical issues in counseling, human development, diversity, career and life planning, and more. You’ll explore emerging trends such as use of data and evidence-based practices, heavy emphasis on diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI), child mental health, and the impacts of trauma. Through a combination of elective credits and one additional course, students can also work to become licensed as mental health counselors.
- ED 575 Human Development Over the Lifespan
- ED 685 Trauma and Crisis: Prevention and Response
- ED 671 Administration of Counseling & Guidance Services
- ED 501 Assisting Grieving Children
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No GRE required
No prerequisite coursework
To apply to Butler’s online master’s in school counseling, you’ll need:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
- Two letters of recommendation
- A personal statement
- An interview
Based on the state you live in, the state requirements for licensure as a school counselor (or equivalent) may vary. You can find more information on our state restrictions page.View Application Process
Affordable Tuition for a High-Quality Degree
$42,000 total tuition
$700 per credit
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What You’ll Learn
Our graduates are prepared to pursue licensure as K-12 school counselors. Our forward-thinking curriculum meets state and national standards and ensures you’re ready to meet the modern challenges that students face.
- Collect, analyze, and use data to inform practice
- Have the knowledge, awareness, and skills necessary to work from an ethical and culturally responsive lens across the school community
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in college/career, academic, and social-emotional counseling
- Articulate the importance of leadership, advocacy, equity, and systemic change to create positive school climates for all learners
Dr. Nick Abel, Associate Professor
- ED 547: Appraisal: Theory and Technique
- ED 553: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
- ED 572: Fundamental Counseling Theory and Technique
- ED 671: Administration of Counseling and Guidance Programs
- ED 676: Consultation, Collaboration, Leadership, and Advocacy in School Counseling
- ED 722: Internship in School Counseling
Dr. Abel joined the College of Education (COE) faculty in 2013, obtained tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2019, and was appointed Chair of COE Graduate Learning and Teaching that summer. Dr. Abel previously worked as a professional school counselor at the elementary and high school levels and wrote his dissertation on academic resilience in African American and Latinx high school students. Dr. Abel frequently presents at state and national conferences and is interested in teaching and research that supports the effectiveness of school counselors including the efficacy of specific interventions, the use of data and evidence-based approaches, and strategies to build comprehensive school counseling programs. Dr. Abel also serves on many university committees and workgroups and is interested in expanding graduate studies within COE and across the university.
Expert Butler University Faculty
Our online classes are taught by experienced school counselors who understand what it takes to succeed in the field. They are all experts in the subject matter, well-known nationally for their work in the field, and ready to help you on your educational journey.
Quality Online Education from a Top-Ranked University
Our online programs are designed to provide the flexibility you need along with the in-depth instruction that prepares you to positively impact communities and individuals. You’ll study with expert-level faculty with years of experience in their fields who bring their real-world understanding into the virtual classroom.Discover Online
Answers to Common Questions
Find answers to common questions about Butler University’s online programs. For information not covered here, our expert admission team is available to provide additional details and guidance.
You should expect additional costs for books and other miscellaneous expenses. You can learn more about all fees on our tuition page.
Yes. You can transfer up to 12 credits into the program. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.
The requirements for the MS in School Counseling include:
- A completed application (no fee to apply)
- A 3.0 GPA
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- A personal statement
- An interview
You can learn more about our admission requirements here.
The MS in School Counseling program offers training and a pathway to licensure in professional school counseling. In addition, we offer the coursework necessary to achieve dual-licensure in mental health counseling. Our coursework leads directly to licensure in the state of Indiana. Requirements vary by state. Learn more about the requirements in your state by checking the school counseling state restrictions and mental health counseling state restrictions.
You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 to apply to the program. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.
Most students complete the program in just three years (eight semesters). It may be possible to accelerate the program to just six semesters. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. School and Career Counselors and Advisors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.