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Student Affairs Counseling, M.S.

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The M.S. program in Student Affairs Counseling prepares graduates to promote the healthy development of all students in post-secondary educational and counseling settings.

This program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services provides knowledge and skills to face the current context and challenges of higher education, in this critical time for counselors to be engaged in the services and supports offered to undergraduate and graduate students. We emphasize building a professional counselor identity and developing critical counseling skills that provide a foundation for professionals to meet the needs of both students in crisis and those who are engaged in developmental transitions during the college experience. This CACREP-accredited program follows the recognized standards for professional counseling as endorsed by the the American Counselor Association and meets requirements credentialing as a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Why Student Affairs Counseling at Syracuse?

  • 100% placement rate within 6 months of graduating.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are engaged, responsive, caring, accessible, and professional networked leaders in scholarship and service in national counseling organizations and professional journals.
  • Over 700 hours of supervised clinical experience in a college setting, providing extensive field experience to build first-hand skills as a college and student affairs counselor.
  • State of the art technology in our Counseling Training Clinic for recording, analyzing, and documenting clinical work.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Our student body and faculty are diverse along myriad dimensions, including racial/cultural diversity, nation of origin, US regions, scholarly interest, and national/international focus.
  • Opportunities for research, writing, leadership, and presenting with faculty members and Counselor Education doctoral students.

Our graduates are trained to provide individual and group counseling and work as counselors, advisors, and leadership roles in:

  • College and university settings
  • Student services and advising
  • Career development centers
  • Multicultural and international students’ offices
  • Residence life and student organizations
  • Judicial and student conduct process
  • Further studies Counselor Education or pursuing certification in School Counseling

Program Contacts

Derek Seward, Associate Professor; Chair of Counseling and Human Services
dxseward@syr.edu|315.443.9623
Derek Seward
Sindy Pitts, Office Coordinator
skpitts@syr.edu|315.443.2266
Sindy Pitts
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505