MEd in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Career Counseling Psychology

Career Psychology provides the theoretical basis for this program. It prepares one to practice in a variety of settings, most notably college career or advising centers, other student affairs settings, or business settings where there may be opportunity for defining or developing career roles for students or employees. MU's Career Center is where students practice what is learned in classes making this a strong scientific-practitioner model of training. This program was designed to move one toward qualifying a student to meet most but not all of the State of Missouri’s curricular requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). In addition to completing course work beyond what is required for this degree, the graduate must also complete 3000 hours of supervised counseling and pass a licensure examination.

Degree Requirements

General Psychology Core30
The Helping Relationship3
Counseling Methods and Practices
Social and Cultural Foundations3
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Counseling Theory3
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
Career Development3
Lifespan Development
Foundations of Career Psychology
Professional Orientation3
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychological Practice
Group Dynamics3
Methods in Group Counseling
Foundations of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Interviewing, Diagnosis, and Assessment
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Counseling Psychology Core21
Career & Organizational9
Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Psychological Consultation: Organizations
Analysis of Research in Career Psychology
Counseling Psychology Practicum
Counseling Psychology Practicum

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ESC_PS 90004ESC_PS 80403ESC_PS 80703
ESC_PS 71203ESC_PS 86403 
ESC_PS 81353ESC_PS 71703 
ESC_PS 80823ESC_PS 72003 
 13 12 3
Second Year
ESC_PS 81103ESC_PS 80603 
ESC_PS 89403-9ESC_PS 84003 
 ESC_PS 89403-9 
 ESC_PS 95703 
 6-12 12-18  
Total Credits: 46-58

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

Students are required to pass the National Counselor Examination in Fall or Spring semester of the second year to demonstrate they have gained the requisite knowledge for the profession.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MEd in Educational, School & Counseling Psychology program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.  

Apply online by submitting the following documents using the MU Graduate School application by February 1st for the next Fall cohort.

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Official academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education, or a related major.
  4. Statement of purpose addressing the following:
    1. Describe interests and experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, religious, ability status, sexual orientation).  How have these experiences influenced you?  (250 word maximum).
    2. Describe experiences that demonstrate your potential for leadership that you believe distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study. (250 word maximum)
    3. 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. (Please limit to 1000 words)
  5. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for tests taken on or after August 1, 2015 should have a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 305.
  6. TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 6.5 or higher)

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field not related to psychology will be required to complete 15 hours of prerequisite courses in the behavioral sciences (including an introductory statistics course) either prior to, or concurrently with, coursework in the program. This prerequisite coursework is over and above that required for the master’s degree itself and is not counted on the Program of Study for the master’s degree.

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