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Prepare to serve as a professional counselor in a variety of community mental health settings with the MEd in Professional Counseling (Mental Health Counseling).

This two-year, full-time, cohort-based program covers a broad range of topics for working with many different populations. Our coursework will help you develop effective counseling skills and gain broad-based expertise to serve in settings such as community mental health agencies, hospitals, juvenile justice settings, outdoor therapeutic programs, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and private practice.

Highlights

  1. Department is consistently ranked in the top three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Emphasis on social justice
  3. Cohort model of training

Accreditation Information

The M.E. in Professional Counseling - Mental Health Emphasis is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of May, 2019 through May, 2023. Graduates of the program will be eligible for Georgia licensure.

Curriculum

The MEd in Professional Counseling will prepare you for the practice of individual, couple, family, and group counseling. Our program places special emphasis on working with diverse, underserved, and oppressed populations and developing strategies to address social justice issues. We provide the coursework necessary for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia.

During your time in the MEd program, you may choose a concentration for your studies. Options include:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Juvenile offender counseling
  • Women's studies

To receive your master's degree, you will take a minimum of 48 semester hours of academic credit. Your coursework includes:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Individual appraisal
  • Career development
  • Foundations of mental health counseling
  • Counseling theories and practice
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling practicum
  • Psychodiagnosis
  • Internship in mental health counseling
  • Drug and alcohol therapy
  • Research methods
  • Seminars covering topics such as spirituality, sexuality and trauma

You may also take elective courses within the departments of psychology, social work, or child and family development.

In addition to classes, you will take a series of practica and internships. These experiences will help you develop your clinical skills in practice under the close supervision of faculty and on-site counselors. Our program will assign your practicum/internship based upon your clinical interests, needs, and availability.

Our Faculty

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program. Learn more about our faculty and their expertise.

Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MEd in Professional Counseling (Mental Health Counseling)

To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate School application
  • Send GRE scores to Graduate Admissions via ETS; ETS code for UGA is 5813 (MAT scores will also be accepted). No departmental code is required.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (applicants from non-English speaking country only)
  • Official transcripts native language and English for international applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Deadline to Apply

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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