Master of Science in School Counseling

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

This M.S. in School Counseling degree at Viterbo University has received approval from The Higher Learning Commission. The program has Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approval. The program does not have Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approval at this time. 




Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all MSSC coursework, with no individual course grade lower than C.


All graduate students are expected to attend all class meetings. If a student is unable to attend a class, the student must contact the instructor and take responsibility to meet the class objectives. This makeup will ordinarily require additional written work. It is the duty of the student to make arrangements for missed work. If more than one class meeting is missed within a course, the student shall contact the instructor and the MSSC program director in advance to discuss whether the student should enroll in the course at another time.

Transfer Credit

Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits in order to ensure that the student meets the licensure requirements as a Professional School Counselor. Up to 15 credits may be transferred from another CACREP accredited program.


All students are required to complete 60 credits and maintain a 3.0 grade point average to be awarded the Master of Science in School Counseling degree. Those credits include the school counseling curriculum, field based experiences and research activities. Initial contact with one’s academic advisor will focus on developing an academic plan.

Research Project Requirements

All students will complete an action research project prior to graduation. This advocacy and research project will be completed in conjunction with an internship experience. This research project will address an issue, need, or problem relevant to the school counseling profession. The student will develop an action research proposal based upon the unique needs identified during internship and designed to inform the school counseling program at the internship student’s school site. Student will develop a methodology for the identification, collection, and analysis/synthesis of project data. Students are required to present their project and outcome data to the public.

School Counseling Requirements

Students are required to complete 60 credit hours for the MSSC program. For those students who hold a teaching license EDUC 613 and EDUC 619 will be waived. Students will then select 6 credit hours of electives that match with their educational goals. These electives are required to be graduate courses and may include courses in the Doctorate in Education in Counselor Education and Supervision program.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will learn and demonstrate ethical practice.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of how their values, beliefs, cultural perspectives, and experiences impact the counseling process and professional relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Students will demonstrate creativity and flexibility in implementing developmentally and culturally responsive prevention and interventions in the K-12 school environment for individuals, small groups and in classrooms.
  • Students will evaluate and integrate theory and research in their counseling practice.
  • Students will demonstrate effective professional counseling relationships with K-12 students, their families and stakeholders within the school setting.
  • Students will engage in academic and career planning with K-12 students to develop comprehensive career development programming.
  • Students will demonstrate the development and evaluation of a comprehensive counseling program and program evaluation techniques grounded in research and measurement.
  • Students will demonstrate the use of current and emerging technologies to assist with comprehensive program development, program evaluation and management in order to assist students in reaching their academic, career development and social/emotional goals


The Master of Science in School Counseling was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in January of 2021.

MSSC Pathway to Ed.D.

MSSC students may enroll in a maximum of four doctorate level courses (12 credits) that will meet the requirements. Due to licensing requirements for the state of WI in school counseling, these courses will be considered electives added to a student’s program of study. Recommended courses are: COUN 710: Introduction to Counselor Education; COUN 772: Ethics; and COUN 715: Supervision Foundations.