Degree Requirements Professional Counseling  

The Master of Science in Community Counseling degree requires a minimum of 48 semester hours of graduate credit. No credit will be given for courses taken more than six years prior to the date on which the degree is to be conferred.

There are certain conditions that must be met to transfer regular graduate credit to Mercer's graduate program. The institution must be accredited and the student must be admitted to the institution's regular graduate program. Graduate work taken at other institutions must be part of a planned program leading to a degree equivalent to the Master of Science degree at Mercer. The work must be appropriate for the student's planned program. The maximum amount of transferred credit is 12 semester hours. Only courses in which the student earned a "B" or better will be considered for transfer credit. Courses taken for another degree previously earned may not be applied to the M.S.

Degree Requirements - 50 semester hours

Professional Studies (25 semester hours) Required

  • COUN 602 Introduction to Community Counseling
  • COUN 609 Practicum (3 hours)
  • COUN 610 Internship (6 hours)
  • COUN 613 Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
  • COUN 614 Life Span Development
  • COUN 618 Ethics and Professional Issues
  • COUN 621  Research and Program Evaluation
  • COUN 621  Counseling Seminar

Content and Related Studies (19 semester hours) Required

  • COUN 601 Career and Vocational Guidance
  • COUN 604 Psychopathology
  • COUN 605 Group Techniques and Procedures
  • COUN 606 Psychological Helping Skills
  • COUN 612 Counseling Theory
  • COUN 617 Individual Analysis and Testing

Electives:  Choice of Two (6 credit hours)

  • COUN 603 Directed Independent Study
  • COUN 607 Gender Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 608 Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse
  • COUN 611 Special Topics in Counseling
  • COUN 615 Helping Skills II
  • COUN 616 Helping Skills III

Course Descriptions  (note: Course requirements may include field experience)

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