Counseling degree overview

Master of Arts in Counseling

If you’re looking for an online Master’s degree program in counseling, consider choosing Ottawa University. Through a combination of online coursework and a residency component held at our Ottawa, Kansas, campus during the summer months, you can develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a confident and compassionate counseling professional.

Degree Requirements

To make completing your coursework easier, we’ve divided our online counseling degree into a recommended yearly schedule, which includes a field placement component consisting of nine semester credit hours, completed in eight terms, for a total of 900 client contact hours. During the field component portion of this program, you will work in a community behavioral health agency for around 15 hours per week and get hands-on, in-person experience.

To be eligible to start field placement, you must have:
  • Completed no less than 18 semester credit hours
  • Taken and earned no less than a “B” in the following four courses
    • Counseling Theories
    • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
    • Counseling and the Helping Professions
    • Advanced Psychodiagnostics, Treatment Planning and Program Evaluation
  • Be in “good standing,” academically. You cannot be on academic probation or considered as provisional acceptance status
If you’re looking for online counseling degrees, our counseling program could be right for you. Ottawa University offers a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program for online learners. While the majority of coursework is completed online, students are required to attend 2 weeklong residencies in Phoenix, Arizona. The MAC program is designed to meet the educational requirements, in the states of Arizona and Wisconsin, for licensure as an associate counselor. Applicants who reside outside the state of Arizona or Wisconsin should review their state's licensure requirements.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Master of Arts in Counseling Required Courses

Graduate Counseling Seminar in Clinical Foundations | PYF 7001
Provides an overview addressing necessary foundations in the content areas of abnormal psychology,
developmental psychology, and theories of personality. Introduction to APA style and format.

Counseling Theories | PYC 7922
Examination of theories of personality development and therapeutic processes. Consideration of techniques for counseling applications and professional consultation.

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling | PYC 7422
Study of social, cultural and gender differences and issues related to counseling clients with various backgrounds, beliefs and concerns. Includes multicultural counseling techniques.

Counseling and the Helping Professions | PYF 7132
Examines counseling process, instruction and practice in communication skills in counseling, history, development and practice of counseling as a profession, and how and where counseling is provided.

Human Growth and Development | PYC 7832
Examination of psychological, social, intellectual, and physical influences on the development of personality and behavior patterns in children, adolescents and adults.

Group Counseling and Dynamics | PYC 7932
Theories of group counseling. Includes techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Methods and Models of Research | PYF 7162
Examination of models of research and application of scientific methods to investigate, analyze, and develop solutions relative to current issues in the field.

Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling | PYF 8012
Study of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the practice of counseling.

Psychological Testing | PYC 7802
Examines use of standardized tests to study individuals, including test development, selection, administration and interpretation. Includes educational and mental health applications.

Life Planning and Career Development | PYC 7822
Focus on theory, research, techniques and tools used in life planning, transitions and career development.

Theory/Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling | PYC 8112
Examination of traditional and contemporary theories of family systems and approaches to marriage and family counseling.

Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning | PYC 8040
As a preparation for Clinical Internship, students will expand their knowledge of the multi-axial system, DSM-IV/DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Emphasis will also be placed on the clinical interview and other initial assessment techniques, as well as skills critical to selecting and evaluating treatment options.

Intro to Substance Addictions and Related Disorders | PYC 8142
Introduction to patterns, causes, assessment and treatment of substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Student begins preparation of required portfolio.

Practicum | PYF 8400, PYF 8410
300 hours and two semesters.

Internship | PYF 8500, PYF 8510, PYF 8520
600 hours and three semesters.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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