Master of Science in Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling degree program offers two concentrations—Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Our program prepares competent, ethical, culturally responsive, and passionate counselors who become leaders and advocates. Both concentrations offer a rigorous evidenced-based curriculum aligned with national and state standards, a distinguished faculty with extensive counseling experience, and a strong clinical-experience support system through partnerships with school districts and mental health settings. The majority of class instruction occurs in-person, but online course offerings are also available. 

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Master of Science in Counseling

At A Glance

Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2020

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Format

FULL-TIME
PART-TIME

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Location

BALTIMORE
COLUMBIA, MD

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Credits

48 – 60

Modality

In-person
Online

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Start Term 

FALL 

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Completion Time

2.5 – 5 Years

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Application Deadline

Closed

Students Admitted Fall 2020 and Beyond

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Format

FULL-TIME
PART-TIME

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Location

BALTIMORE
COLUMBIA, MD

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Credits

60

Modality

In-person
Online

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Start Term 

FALL 

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Completion Time

3 – 5 Years

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Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Application Requirements and Deadlines - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Enrollment:Full-Time and Part-Time
Admit Term:Fall only
Application Deadlines:The Fall 2020 application deadline is April 1, 2020. The Counseling Program is no longer accepting or reviewing applications for admission for this term after this date.

The Fall 2021 application will open to begin accepting applications on July 1, 2020, and the deadline to complete an application for Fall 2021 is February 15, 2021.

International applicants are encouraged to complete all requirements for the application no later than January 15, 2021, for full consideration (See International Student Admissions for more information.)

After submitting a completed application, invitations will be sent by the Counseling Department to a select number of applicants to participate in a group interview session via Zoom web conferencing or in-person. A limited number of interview dates for the fall 2021 admission period will be determined and posted on this site in the future. Participation in one of the pre-determined interview dates is by invitation only and is a requirement for admission.
Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Two letters of recommendation
Essay:A two-page reflective essay on: Why you would like to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor? What type of contribution would you like to make to the clinical mental health service provider community? What do you bring from your background and professional experiences that may support and/or constrain your becoming an effective Clinical Mental Health Counselor? Your experiences around human diversity and how they shape and reflect your values and goals as a counselor. What impact has volunteer, travel, and/or work had on your growth as someone interested in being a Clinical Mental Health Counselor?
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Application Requirements and Deadlines - School Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling: School Counseling (Flex)
Enrollment:Full-Time and Part-Time
Admit Term:Fall only
Application Deadlines:The Fall 2020 application deadline is April 1, 2020. The Counseling Program is no longer accepting or reviewing applications for admission for this term after this date.

The Fall 2021 application will open to begin accepting applications on July 1, 2020, and the deadline to complete an application for Fall 2021 is February 15, 2021.

International applicants are encouraged to complete all requirements for the application no later than January 15, 2021, for full consideration (See International Student Admissions for more information.)

After submitting a completed application, invitations will be sent by the Counseling Department to a select number of applicants to participate in a group interview session via Zoom web conferencing or in-person. A limited number of interview dates for the fall 2021 admission period will be determined and posted on this site in the future. Participation in one of the pre-determined interview dates is by invitation only and is a requirement for admission.

Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Two letters of recommendation
Essay:A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

Master's Degree and Certificate Programs
Part-Time & Full-Time Graduate (face-to-face/lecture courses)$793 per credit
Online courses
**In addition, a $15 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$840 per credit**
Full-Time Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling (Fellows)$840 per credit
MEd Education in the Health Professions & Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs$1,230 per credit*
*Classes in the Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) or Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs are $1,230 per credit, with the exception of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System employees, who pay $700 per credit.
MS in Education (International Teaching and Global Learning)$45,000 per academic year
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The real difference is the faculty. You have access to internationally known leaders who can talk you through situations based on a depth of real-life experience. These conversations are what stay with you in complex and challenging professional environments.

Evan Velleman, MS ’18
Counselor, Henderson-Hopkins School, Baltimore, Md.

Master of Science in Counseling

Program Description

The Master of Science in Counseling degree prepares individuals to be leaders and advocates in the fields of clinical mental health and school counseling. The program follows a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum aligned with national and state standards. The program is led by distinguished faculty and boasts a strong support network of school districts and mental health settings. The program’s content includes: professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, and research/program evaluation. Students learn through didactic experiences, small group projects, and applied learning at community- or school-based sites. The Master of Science in Counseling degree program, with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, is not currently accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Students specialize in one of two concentrations:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work in a wide range of clinical, community, and human service settings. Candidates gain the knowledge and skills needed to become exceptional counselors and fulfill the academic requirements to be licensed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland and many other states. Although the School of Education permits five years for program completion, there are full-time and part-time Clinical Mental Health Counseling sequences. Completion of a 600-hour internship is required in this program.

School Counseling

The School Counseling concentration prepares students to work in K-12 schools with an emphasis in urban school settings. The program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and graduates are eligible for MSDE certification as school counselors. Students have a maximum of five years to complete the program but are strongly encouraged to follow the prescribed program of study. Completion of a 600-hour internship is required in this program.

Notes:
* The School of Education is not currently accepting applications or admitting new students into the School Counseling Fellows Program. 

Master of Science in Counseling

CORE FACULTY

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Mina Barimany

Ileana Gonzalez

Ileana Gonzalez

Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee

Aparna Ramaswamy

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Matthew Bonner

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Nicole Jones

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Sean Newhart

Rosanna Sanchez-John

Anita Young

Anita Young

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Patrick Cleveland

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Justin Lauka

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Sterling Travis

Sterling Travis

Master of Science in Counseling

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
PROGRAM PLAN

The program’s plan of study requires 60 graduate credits to be completed through full-time or part-time matriculation and students must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prior to or during the last semester of their graduate program. With the approval of the program adviser, a student may transfer a maximum of six graduate credits from an accredited college or university if the course directly aligns to the student’s degree requirements and is taken within the five-year time limit. Students admitted prior to Fall 2020, can opt to complete 600 or 1,000 hours of internship activity. Students admitted Fall 2020 and beyond complete 600 hours for internship.

Program notes

Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2020

A minimum of 48 credits of required coursework must be taken before enrolling in 863.875 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students are required to complete two field experiences during the program. The students will complete their field experiences in mental health agencies approved by the program. Students are responsible for finding placements that align with their counseling goals. The practicum is a 100-hour experience. The internship is a 600- or 1,000-hour, two-semester commitment following successful completion of practicum. Students must attend all group supervision sessions for practicum and internship in order to pass the courses. The program will host a mandatory field experience orientation each year to prepare students for the field experience process.

Students must receive a grade of B or better in all laboratory courses, Counseling Theories, the practicum experience, and pass all internship courses (which are graded on a pass/fail basis) to remain in the program. Counseling students who receive a failing grade in the Internship course risk dismissal from the program. Students must also receive successful site evaluations from the site supervisor in order to graduate from the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course or Counseling Theories, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of A or B before registering for any other course. If any additional grade of B- or below is earned in any other required laboratory course, the student may risk dismissal from the program.

Students Admitted Fall 2020 and Beyond

A minimum of 48 credits of required coursework must be taken before enrolling in 863.875 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students are required to complete two field experiences during the program. The students will complete their field experiences in mental health agencies approved by the program. Students are responsible for finding placements that align with their counseling goals. The practicum is a 100-hour experience. The internship is a 600 hour, two-semester commitment following successful completion of practicum. Students must attend all group supervision sessions for practicum and internship in order to pass the courses. The program will host a mandatory field experience orientation each year to prepare students for the field experience process.

Students must receive a grade of B or better in all laboratory courses, Counseling Theories, the practicum experience, and pass all internship courses (which are graded on a pass/fail basis) to remain in the program. Counseling students who receive a failing grade in the Internship course risk dismissal from the program. Students must also receive successful site evaluations from the site supervisor in order to graduate from the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course or Counseling Theories, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of A or B before registering for any other course. If any additional grade of B- or below is earned in any other required laboratory course, the student may risk dismissal from the program.

Coursework

Coursework (60 credits hours) – Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2020

860.639 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

861.605 Human Development and Counseling (online course) (3 credit hours)

861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)

861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience (lab course) ) (3 credit hours)

861.507 Counseling Techniques (lab course) (3 credit hours)

861.511 Career/Life Development and Planning (3 credit hours)

861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling (3 credit hours)

861.612 Appraisal and Testing for Counselors (online course) (3 credit hours)

863.501 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (online course) (3 credit hours)

863.603 Couple and Family Therapy (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.630 Addictions Counseling I: Theory and Approaches (online course) (3 credit hours)

863.709 Psychopathology (3 credit hours)

863.795 Ethical and Legal Issues of Mental Health Counseling (online course) (3 credit hours)

863.681 Research and Evaluation for Counselors (3 credit hours)

863.870 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.875 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I (3–6 credit hours)

863.876 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II (3–6 credit hours)

The number of electives required to complete the 60 degree program depends on the number of internships hours completed and must be approved a faculty adviser.

Coursework (60 credits hours) – Students Admitted Fall 2020 and Beyond

860.639 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 credit hours)

861.605 Human Development and Counseling (3 credit hours)

861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)

861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience (lab course)(3 credit hours)

861.507 Counseling Techniques (lab course) (3 credit hours)

861.511 Career/Life Development and Planning (3 credit hours)

861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling (3 credit hours)

861.612 Appraisal and Testing for Counselors (3 credit hours)

863.501 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.603 Couple and Family Therapy (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling (lab course)(3 credit hours)

863.630 Addictions Counseling I: Theory and Approaches (3 credit hours)

836.709 Psychopathology (3 credit hours)

863.795 Ethical and Legal Issues of Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.681 Research and Evaluation for Counselors (3 credit hours)

863.870 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.875 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I (3 credit hours)

863.876 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II (3 credit hours)

Electives must be selected with approval of a faculty adviser. (6 credit hours)

Master of Science in Counseling

SCHOOL COUNSELING
PROGRAM PLAN

For students admitted prior to Fall 2020, the program’s plan of study offers a 48- or 60-credit option that may be completed through full-time or part-time matriculation and require students to successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prior to or during the last semester of their graduate program. These students also have the option to complete the 60-credit degree also that allows students to complete the School Counseling program as well as coursework toward licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. The Counseling program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). 

Students admitted Fall 2020 and beyond, the program’s plan of study offers a 60-credit option that may be completed through full-time or part-time matriculation and require students to successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prior to or during the last semester of their graduate program. The Counseling program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). 

With the approval of a faculty adviser, a student may transfer a maximum of six graduate credits from an accredited college or university if the course is directly applicable to the student’s program. In their last year of study, students complete a 600-hour internship.

Program notes

Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2020

In preparation for the field experiences, students will be required to complete a criminal disclosure statement and undergo a criminal background check. The program will host a mandatory field experience orientation to prepare each student for the field experience process. Students must attend all group supervision sessions for practicum and internship in order to pass the courses. Students who have not already satisfied the special education requirement as indicated on their State of Maryland Teaching Certificate are also required to take:

  • 871.501 Introduction to Children and Youth with Exceptionalities Students investigate the major areas of exceptionality addressing the characteristics and educational needs of students with a broad range of special instructional needs. Students review incidence and etiology, diagnostic and instructional services, educational continuum of programs, and findings of recent research. (3 credits)

Students who have completed this special education requirement must complete a different counseling elective course, subject to faculty adviser approval.

Students must receive a grade of B or better in all laboratory courses, Counseling Theories, the practicum experience, and pass all internship courses (which are graded on a pass/fail basis) to remain in the program. Counseling students who receive a failing grade in the Internship course risk dismissal from the program. Students must also receive successful site evaluations from the site supervisor in order to graduate from the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course or Counseling Theories, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of A or B before registering for any other course. If any additional grade of B- or below is earned in any other required laboratory course, the student may risk dismissal from the program.

Students Admitted Fall 2020 and Beyond

In preparation for the field experiences, students will be required to complete a criminal disclosure statement and undergo a criminal background check. The program will host a mandatory field experience orientation to prepare each student for the field experience process. Students must attend all group supervision sessions for practicum and internship in order to pass the courses. Students who have not already satisfied the special education requirement as indicated on their State of Maryland Teaching Certificate are also required to take:

  • 501 Introduction to Children and Youth with Exceptionalities Students investigate the major areas of exceptionality addressing the characteristics and educational needs of students with a broad range of special instructional needs. Students review incidence and etiology, diagnostic and instructional services, educational continuum of programs, and findings of recent research. (3 credits)

Students who have completed this special education requirement must complete a different counseling elective course, subject to faculty adviser approval.

Students must receive a grade of B or better in all laboratory courses, Counseling Theories, the practicum experience, and pass all internship courses (which are graded on a pass/fail basis) to remain in the program. Counseling students who receive a failing grade in the Internship course risk dismissal from the program. Students must also receive successful site evaluations from the site supervisor in order to graduate from the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course or Counseling Theories, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of A or B before registering for any other course. If any additional grade of B- or below is earned in any other required laboratory course, the student may risk dismissal from the program.

Coursework

Coursework (48-60 credit hours) – Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2020

861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)

861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience (lab course) (3 credit hours)

861.507 Counseling Techniques (lab course) (3 credit hours)

861.511 Career/Life Development and Planning (3 credit hours)

861.605 Human Development and Learning (online course) (3 credit hours)

861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling (3 credit hours)

861.612 Appraisal and Testing for Counselors (online course) (3 credit hours)

861.614 The Foundations of School Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.681 Research and Evaluation for Counselors (3 credit hours)

863.736 School Counseling Leadership and Consultation (3 credit hours)

863.808 Practicum in School Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.820 Internship in School Counseling (6 credits)

Choose one of the following 3-credit electives:

863.527 Counseling the Early Adolescent

863.571 Counseling Adolescents

863.526 Introduction to Play Therapy with Children

For students completing the 60-credit hour School Counseling program, coursework consists of the courses listed above as well as the following courses.

860.639 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 credit hours)

863.795 Ethical and Legal Issues of Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.603 Couple and Family Therapy (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.630 Addictions Counseling I:  Theory and Approaches (3 credit hours)

Coursework (60 credit hours) – Students Admitted Fall 2020 and Beyond

861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)

861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience (lab course) (3 credit hours)

861.507 Counseling Techniques (lab course) (3 credit hours) (3 credit hours)

861.511 Career/Life Development and Planning (3 credit hours)

861.605 Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)

861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling (3 credit hours)

861.612 Appraisal and Testing for Counselors (3 credit hours)

861.614 The Foundations of School Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.681 Research and Evaluation for Counselors (3 credit hours)

863.736 School Counseling Leadership and Consultation (3 credit hours)

863.808 Practicum in School Counseling (3 credit hours)

863.820 Internship 1 in School Counseling (3 credits)

863.820 Internship 2 in School Counseling (3 credits)

863.571 Counseling Adolescents (3 credit hours)

860.639 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 credit hours)

863.795 Ethical and Legal Issues of Mental Health Counseling(3 credit hours)

863.603 Couple and Family Therapy (lab course) (3 credit hours)

863.630 Addictions Counseling I:  Theory and Approaches(3 credit hours)

871.501 Introduction to Exceptionalities (Special Education) or Elective (3 credit hours)

 

Master of Science in Counseling

WHAT TO EXPECT

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Education Counseling Program is to prepare graduate students to serve as socially just school counselors and clinical mental health counselors who implement theoretical, empirical, and practical frameworks that facilitate client growth and development, introspective awareness, and well-being in a global society.

Goals
  • Facilitate students’ mastery of requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions aligned with CACREP Standards to deliver counseling services that embody social justice principles, advocacy, multiculturalism, and upholds the worth and human dignity of all clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Support and encourage students to incorporate a developmental approach to promote client wellness across the life span.
  • Facilitate students’ development of dispositions to serve as social justice advocates and leaders in the profession.
  • Cultivate a collaborative learning atmosphere that incorporates cutting edge research and excellent didactic and experiential instruction.
Program objectives
  • PO1 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to incorporate a developmental approach to promote student/client holistic well-being across the life span, inclusive of mental health, academic, social/emotional, cultural, and career goals. (CACREP F.3 Human Growth & Development, F.4 Career Development)
  • PO2 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to serve as advocates and leaders in educational and/or mental health settings that value social justice principles, multiculturalism, human dignity and the worth of all clients from culturally diverse backgrounds (CACREP F.2 Social & Cultural Diversity; 5.G. School Counseling)
  • PO3 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to assess needs, develop goals, and counsel students/clients in educational and/or mental health settings from culturally diverse backgrounds. (CACREP F.5 Counseling & Helping Relationships; F.7 Assessment & Testing)
  • PO4 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies that reflect the knowledge, roles, and functions of the school and/or mental health counselor. (CACREP 5.C. Clinical Mental Health Counseling; 5.G. School Counseling)
  • PO5 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to effectively facilitate group work with students/clients from diverse backgrounds in educational and mental health settings (CACREP F.6 Group Counseling & Group Work)
  • PO6 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to develop equitable data-driven school counseling programs that meet the unique needs of student populations in educational settings. (CACREP F.8 Research & Program Evaluation; 5.G. School Counseling)
  • PO7 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to develop, apply, and evaluate evidence-based practices that meet the developmental needs of students/clients from diverse backgrounds in educational and mental health settings. (CACREP F.8 Research and Program Evaluation; 5.G School Counseling; 5.C. Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • PO8 Graduates will demonstrate the skills and competencies to work ethically, legally, and professionally in educational and/or mental health settings (CACREP F.1. Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethical Practice)
Program outcome data

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Department of Counseling and Human Development had two master’s level concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Student outcome data including number of graduates for the past academic year, pass rates on credentialing examinations, completion rates, and job placement rates are below.

Degree/Specialty# of GraduatesCompletion RateCPCE Exam Pass RateJob Placement Rate
Master's Degree: All Tracks11510094%82%

Degree/Specialty# of GraduatesCompletion RateCPCE Exam Pass RateJob Placement Rate
MS: Clinical Mental Health Counseling8310096%86%
MS: School Counseling3210098%75%

 

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