Degree Requirements and Training Goals

Master's in Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the master’s program in Counseling at Ball State University is to prepare students for a career in the helping professions. The program will help students develop a professional identity as a counselor and prepare them to work in a variety of community and school settings. Intensive, supervised practica and internships are required, providing real-life work experience in the application of basic psychotherapeutic procedures and evaluation techniques in an approved and appropriate setting. Three program options are offered for the MA in counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling). A dual major in social psychology and counseling is also offered.

Degree Requirements

Please see the Department Handbook for degree requirements for students pursuing a master's degree in counseling.

Training Goals

The courses and practical experiences in the master's degree in counseling programs are designed to help students achieve specific training goals, including:

  • Mastery of the skills necessary to foster natural human and organizational development in individuals, couples, families, and groups seeking assistance
  • Knowledge of prevention, consultation, psychoeducation, research design, ethics, traditional psychotherapy, and personal and career counseling in order to develop the basic skills needed to provide services to individuals, couples, families, and different types of organizations
  • Familiarity with both theoretical and empirical rationales for choosing certain approaches to help people with their problems
  • Knowledge of how to design and implement intervention programs to decrease the incidence of maladaptive behavior
  • Skills to work effectively with the community and various community agencies
  • Preparation for professional certification or licensure in counseling at the master's level
  • Promotion of a high degree of self-understanding
  • Promotion of the development of professional ethics and responsibility
  • Development of a thorough understanding of and sensitivity to multicultural issues and diverse patterns of behavior