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M.S. in School Counseling

Support students in their academic, social, emotional and career development journeys.

Gain the skills to help students succeed. The M.S. in School Counseling is a 48 credit hour program designed to prepare dynamic, professional school counselors to be team leaders who implement comprehensive school counseling programs that are integral to the total educational program and student experience.

Program features
  • The M.S. in School Counseling program may be completed in 24 months.

  • The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.


Program Delivery

Courses are delivered from the Manhattan campus to the Olathe campus via videoconferencing.



The program's curriculum is designed to equip future school counselors and current teachers with the knowledge and tools that will help them navigate the numerous milestones that students often experience throughout their K-12 career.

A professional portfolio is developed during the program and submitted for final review during the final semester of one’s program. A master’s comprehensive written exam is completed during the final semester of one’s program. A portfolio rubric and format guidelines are provided throughout coursework.

Curriculum topics
  • College and career readiness

  • Social/Emotional development

  • Substance abuse

  • Grief and loss counseling

  • Achievement gaps

  • Healthy relationships

  • Leadership and advocacy

  • Success strategies for all students

  • Trauma and crisis management

  • Character education

  • Facilitation of career development

  • Promotion of academic achievement for all

  • Collaboration with business and community

  • Consultation with teachers and parents

  • Suicide awareness and prevention

  • Classroom behavioral issues

  • Enhancement of resilience, grit and work ethic


Credit hour breakdown

This 48 credit hour program consists of the following: 

  • Core Requirements (27 credit hours)
  • Research and Appraisal Requirements (9 credit hours)
  • Clinical Requirements (12 credit hours)


Career Outcomes

Individuals with a master's degree in school counseling typically work within a K-12 school environment. School counselors act as advocates for students' well-being and as resources for their educational advancement.

Career fields for those with a M.S. in School Counseling include: 

K-12 school systemCommunity mental health
Private practiceEntrepreneurship
Teaching at a community college/university 



There are multiple paths to be licensed as a school counselor in Kansas and Missouri, including a provisional license for students at the halfway point in the program. A teaching degree and/or experience is not required to be a school counselor in Kansas. An Exceptional Child course is required for Missouri.

School experiences and development activities are integrated into the school counseling master’s program for those students who do not have an education background. There are no extra costs or credit hours required.

All students will be eligible for a school counseling initial counselor license following successful completion of the master’s program and other Kansas Department of Education requirements, including passing a licensure exam and background check.


Admissions Guide

Get a two-page pdf of the admissions requirements to this program.

M.S. in School Counseling Admissions Checklist

Ph.D. Program

K-State Olathe also offers a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. | Learn more