Counseling - MS

The Counseling Master of Science degree program at Johnson & Wales University is designed to prepare graduates to serve the community as clinical mental health counselors or addictions counselors after 18 months of full-time study. The primary goal of the program is to prepare master’s level clinicians with the counseling skills that integrate theoretical foundations of professional counseling into positive client interaction and intervention skills. The program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills essential in the formation of professional counselors who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. In addition to the coursework required, students experience practicum and internship experiences under supervision of clinical professionals.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate professional proficiency and exhibit familiarity with professional orientation and ethical practices as advocated by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.
  • Illustrate the importance of multicultural issues in the counseling profession when working with diverse clients.
  • Provide illustrations of human growth and developmental theories framed in the principles of assessment and appraisal.
  • Demonstrate planning and implementation of career development practices and theoretical perspectives.
  • Show command of counseling theories and how to conceptualize cases from a wellness perspective.
  • Exhibit knowledge of group dynamics, group leadership, group development and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of group types.
  • Implement basic and advanced assessment techniques in the framework of helping relationships.
  • Demonstrate the role of research in advancing the counseling profession.


Master of Science (MS)

Core Courses
CSLG5100Advanced Career Counseling4.5
CSLG5150Counseling Across the Lifespan4.5
CSLG5170Multicultural Counseling: Theories and Techniques4.5
CSLG5250Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice4.5
CSLG5300Advanced Individual Counseling Theory and Techniques4.5
CSLG5350Health and Wellness Counseling4.5
CSLG5400Psychopathology and Treatment Planning4.5
CSLG5450Testing and Assessment in Counseling4.5
CSLG5500Advanced Group Counseling Theories and Techniques4.5
CSLG6500Leadership in Agency Settings4.5
PSYC5200Advanced Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology4.5
RSCH5150Research Methods in Applied Counseling Settings4.5
Choose four courses from one major focus:18
Addictions Counseling
Advanced Co-Occurring Disorders & Addictions Counseling
Counseling the Chemically Dependent and Their Families
Chemical Dependency Case Management and Professional Development
Special Topics in Counseling
Research and Theories in Addictions Counseling
Mental Health Counseling
Advanced Individual Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Counseling Case Management and Professional Development
Mental Health Counseling for Families
Special Topics in Counseling
Research and Theories in Mental Health Counseling
Field Work
CSLG5899Counseling Practicum4.5
CSLG6899Counseling Internship13.5
Total Credits90.0

Students seeking licensure after graduation are strongly encouraged to register for CSLG6900 Comprehensive Review, in their second year. This course prepares students for the NCC and NCMHCE examinations.  Students will need to pass this exam in order to start the licensure process.