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Master of Science in Counseling


M.S. in Counseling, option in Student Affairs and College Counseling

The program curriculum consists of a) core counseling classes, b) SACC specialization classes, and c) completion of a culminating experience plus elective classes. The core counseling coursework will equip students with knowledge of counseling theories and approaches. The SACC specialization coursework will introduce students to college student development theories and student affairs as a helping profession. For the culminating experience, students have the option to complete a comprehensive exam, project, or thesis.

The program curriculum is grounded in experiential learning. SACC students are provided with opportunities to develop and enhance their counseling skills in the classroom setting during coursework, counseling lab setting during practicum, and higher education setting during field practice. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counseling practicum experiences in the first year of the program. Then, students complete 600 hours of supervised counseling field practice experiences over two semesters in the second year of the program.

Roadmap - Student Affairs and College Counseling

Core Counseling Courses

Core Counseling Courses
Course Number Course Title Units
COUN 200 Counseling Techniques 3 units
COUN 201 Multicultural Aspects of Counseling 3 units 
COUN 202 Group Counseling 3 units 
COUN 203 Assessment in Counseling 3 units 
COUN 206 Counseling Through the Lifespan 3 units 
COUN 208 Practicum in Counseling 4 units 
COUN 220 Career Development Theory 3 units 
ERE 220 Research in Education 3 units


Student Affairs and College Counseling Specialization Courses

Student Affairs and College Counseling Specialization Courses
Course Number Course Title Units
COUN 214S Student Development Theory 3 units
COUN 215 Foundations of Student Services 3 units 
COUN 219 Field Practice in Student Services 6 units 
HEAL 220 Introduction to Higher Education 3 units
ERE 288 Educational Measurement and Program Evaluation 3 units


Culminating Experience and Electives

Choose between: a) COUN 298 Project (3 units) + 2 units of electives, b) COUN 299 Thesis (3 units) + 2 units of electives, OR c) Comprehensive Exam + 5 units of electives.


For course descriptions, visit the Fresno State Catalog.