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Graduate Degrees in School Counseling

Lead and Support Children as a School Counselor: Build Your Career at Bridgewater

At Bridgewater State University, our master’s degree in school counseling teaches you to support every student’s academic, emotional and psychosocial growth and potential. Using group discussions, lectures, project-based work and problem-based learning, BSU offers a comprehensive school counseling program that gives you the tools and techniques to better support students who are facing significant challenges during their formative years.

BSU’s Department of Counselor Education offers CACREP-accredited school counseling programs. While our master’s degrees are more affordable than other accredited institutions in Massachusetts, you’ll also benefit from a top-notch program that prepares you for the school counseling licensure exam and careers in school counseling.

A school counseling program that readies you for nearly any educational setting

At BSU, we offer a master’s degree in school counseling and post-master’s licensure school counseling programs. All our master’s in school counseling programs can be completed in as little as two years.

While our master’s in school counseling gives you skills to excel as a school counselor, our post-master’s programs are designed for individuals who seek initial licensure as a school counselor and have an applied master’s degree in counseling or related fields.

Master’s in School Counseling Program Highlights

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Study in small classes and produce big results

BSU’s school counseling graduate programs limit classes to no more than 15 students. You’ll not only have a more personalized experience within our master’s in school counseling programs, but you will also have a better chance to get to know your classmates and faculty members.
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Get ample firsthand experience

BSU’s school counseling graduate programs provide robust clinical experiences. Throughout your time at BSU, you will take clinical seminars and complete 600 hours of fieldwork in grades PreK–8 or 5–12. Our master’s in school counseling students gain relevant skills and many are hired by their practicum sites.
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Gain a valuable master’s degree in school counseling

You want an affordable and comprehensive school counseling program. At BSU, both in-state and out-of-state students pay the same tuition. Master’s degree in school counseling students can apply for the Damon Fund for Graduate Counselor Education Scholarship and are eligible for graduate assistantships, which enable you to gain experience and offset tuition and fees.

Take coursework with experts in the field

Faculty members within BSU’s school counseling graduate programs all have PhDs, and they’re all licensed counselors in their respective areas. As a graduate student in our master’s in school counseling programs, you will benefit from these thought leaders who will work with you inside and outside the classroom and as you pursue licensure.

Be prepared to find the right career

Within all our master’s in school counseling programs, we bring career preparation—including resume and cover letter writing—into our career counseling class. We also have dedicated staff members in career services who can help you with job searches and more once you’ve completed our master’s in school counseling degree.

Join a club outside our school counseling programs

Get to know students within and beyond our master’s degree in school counseling. We are home to a chapter of Chi Sigma Lota, an international honor society that focuses on academic and professional excellence in counseling. Through participation in Chi Sigma Lota, you can participate in events and share research efforts at an annual symposium.

Program of Study for Master’s Degree in School Counseling Students

BSU’s master’s degree in school counseling coursework offers a comprehensive school counseling program experience. Whether you pursue our master’s in school counseling or one of our post-master’s school counseling graduate programs, prepare to take courses in:

  • Consultation and Collaboration for School Counselors
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Development Through the Lifespan for the School Counselor
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for the School Counselor
  • Evidence-Based School Counseling Practices

Graduate students within our master’s in school counseling programs also complete 600 hours of fieldwork and other clinical experiences that enhance and complement your comprehensive school counseling program education. BSU’s programs will prepare you with the leadership skills and knowledge to excel in a variety of educational environments.

Admission Requirements and Program Details

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Nikki Freeburg

Jobs with a Comprehensive School Counseling Program Degree

Our School Counseling graduates go on to become school counselors in Massachusetts at the elementary, middle, or high school level. Graduates have also gone on to become College or Career Coordinators in Massachusetts, Lead Counselors within the Counseling Department of a particular school or in the school district in Massachusetts.

Careers as school counselors are expected to grow


over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.


BSU Graduate Studies Overview Brochure Cover

View this PDF for an overview of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

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