This degree is part of the counseling psychology program, housed in the Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology.

Students who select this specialty have an interest in working as elementary school, middle school or high school counselors. The curriculum of this specialty is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training as well as the comprehensive school guidance and counseling program model, both of which emphasize the best in counseling psychology theory, research and practice. The missions of this school counseling master’s degree program is to prepare individuals to practice successfully as entry-level multiculturally sensitive professional school counselors in socially and economically diverse work settings.

U.S. News & World Report, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2020 University of Missouri College of Education, Best Graduate Degree ProgramsThis degree has an on-campus option and an online option.

For more information about the online option, go to Mizzou Online.

For a sample plan of study and course listing, go to the course catalog.

Campus Degree Requirements


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission:

How to Apply

Submit the following documents using the MU Office of Graduate Studies application by Feb. 1 for the next fall cohort:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Unofficial academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education or a related major
  • Statement of purpose addressing the following:
    • Describe interests and experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, ability status, sexual orientation). How have these experiences influenced you? (250-word limit)
    • Describe experiences that demonstrate your potential for leadership that you believe distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study. (250-word limit)
    • Describe (1) your previous experience serving in a helping or counseling role, (2) your interests and career objectives, (3) how these interests and career objectives have developed, (4) how these interests match those of specific program faculty, and (5) how being accepted into the program of your choice will benefit your career aspirations and help you act upon your beliefs, goals and philosophy. (1,000-word limit)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • Tests taken within the last 5 years should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 305.
    • Institution code: 6875
  • TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 6.5 or higher)
    • Institution code: 6875