2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs Counseling, MS

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Dr. Derek Seward, Hoople Building, lower level 315-443-2266, dxseward@syr.edu

The Master of Science in Student Affairs Counseling prepares students for college and university positions within student affairs for which counseling skills are valuable. Students and graduates of the program work in settings such as:

  • Student Services and Advisement
  • Residence Life
  • Campus Substance Abuse Programs
  • Athletic Departments
  • Rape Crisis Centers
  • University Career Centers
  • Multicultural and International Students’ Offices
  • Judicial Affairs’ Office

Major Requirements

As part of the program, students acquire skills in individual and group counseling, career counseling, and multicultural counseling. Additionally, students complete 12 credits of content knowledge about various aspects of higher education. Upon completion of the program, students are immediately eligible to become National Certified Counselors with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Programs include extensive fieldwork opportunities in which students gain hands-on experience working with college students and clients in a wide range of counseling and educational settings. Students work closely with their advisor, and the fieldwork coordinator to identify settings that meet their individual interests and career goals. The faculty is nationally recognized for their leadership in the profession and all classes are taught by skilled experts and experienced clinicians.

The faculty is deeply committed to the growth and development of their students; faculty work closely with both our master’s and doctoral students. Students are trained in the most current information in counseling and provided the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed in their chosen area of specialization. The department’s goal is to prepare national leaders in counseling. It seeks to develop a diverse group of professionals who will excel in knowledge, skills, commitment, and service in a wide range of educational and community settings.

S.U. Re-Accredited through 2016:

After an extensive review of the Counseling and Human Services Programs, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently announced that Syracuse University’s programs have met all expectations, and granted us the full eight year accreditation period for all of our accredited master’s degree programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling), as well as our Counselor Education Ph.D. program. This means each of these programs will be accredited by CACREP until 2016. This decision is a testament to the quality education offered here at Syracuse University, and a signal of support for the work that is done here.

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