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Master of Science in School Counseling

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Promote Educational Success and Well-Being for All Students

Licensure Preparation

100% Online Coursework

No. 1 Ranked University in the Midwest

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  • Duration 2.5-3 years
  • Cost per Credit $700
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • 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 online coursework and hands-on experience that prepares you to pursue licensure as a professional school counselor in Indiana. Requirements vary by state. Expert faculty teach a rigorous curriculum that positions you for success as a school counselor at the K-12 level. Throughout the online master’s in School Counseling program, you’ll take courses that align with national standards while emphasizing diversity and inclusion.

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Bring Your Expertise to Public and Private K-12 Schools

Graduates of our online master’s in School Counseling program work in K-12 schools as counselors, career advisors, and more. The need for school counselors is expected to grow 10 percent between 2021 and 2031, resulting in about 32,000 new positions.1 The 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

The online master’s in School Counseling degree program includes courses that delve into legal and ethical issues in counseling, human development, diversity, career and life planning, and more. You’ll explore emerging trends, such as the use of data and evidence-based practices with a 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 work to become licensed as mental health counselors.

Course Highlights:

  • 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.

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Affordable Tuition for a High-Quality Degree

$42,000 total tuition

$700 per credit

Butler University is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition. Speak to an enrollment counselor to discover the multiple ways to finance your degree.

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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.

Program Outcomes

Faculty Spotlight

Nick Abel

Dr. Nick Abel, Associate Professor

Courses taught:

  • 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 Mental Health and 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.

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Frequently Asked 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.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. School and Career Counselors and Advisors. Retrieved from