School Counseling, M.S.

The M.S. program in School Counseling prepares graduates to be thoughtful, effective, responsive, empathetic counselors in educational settings who advocate for their students and provide support in line with contemporary expectations and cutting-edge best practices.

This program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services provides helps students develop the dispositions, knowledge, and skills to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students through data-informed school counseling programs. This program follows the national model and standards of the American School Counselor Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors, and leads to provisional New York State certification as a School Counselor; many students go on to the C.A.S. in School Counseling program for permanent certification.

Please note, we are in the process of updating the School Counseling MS program to require 60 credit hours for students starting fall 2021 or later.

Why School Counseling at Syracuse?

  • 100% placement rate for practicum and internship experiences, and a 90-100% employment rate at graduation over the past 3 years.
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects with our faculty, and attend, present at, and become involved with professional organizations and conferences.
  • Our faculty are actively engaged in research, practice, and leadership in the field of school counseling, both locally and on the national level.
  • Small class sizes and access to highly engaged faculty members translate into meaningful relationships that support you from your time as a student to your career as a school counselor.
  • Interview and observe current school counselors, facilitate group counseling sessions in PreK-12 school settings, and take part in simulated model counseling sessions.

Our graduates are in demand for roles in K-12 schools, higher education, and other youth settings including:

  • School and Guidance Counselors
  • Career, Student Support, Admissions Counselors
  • Directors of Guidance or Counseling
  • Family Support or ADAPEP Roles
  • Further studies in School Counseling (for certification), Counselor Education, or another area of interest

Program Contacts

Yanhong Liu, Assistant Professor|315.443.9624
Yanhong Liu
Sindy Pitts, Secretary / Office Coordinator|315.443.2266
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment|315.443.2505