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. While a few classes are offered online, the majority of class instruction occurs in-person and the program cannot be completed online.

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Matthew Bonner

Faculty Lead
Matthew Bonner, PhD
mbonner6@jhu.edu

Kyuanna Napper
Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Kyuanna Napper
443-927-0147
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Master of Science in Counseling

At A Glance

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Frequency

FULL-TIME
PART-TIME

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Location

BALTIMORE

Format

In-person

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Credits

60

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Start Term 

FALL 

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Completion Time

3 – 5 Years

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Application Deadline

JANUARY 6, 2023

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:Application Opens - September 1, 2022
Application Completion Deadline - January 6, 2023
Note: the application deadline represents the endpoint in the application process (i.e., the completion of your file) rather than the beginning of that process). All materials, including official transcripts, recommendations, letters of recommendation, and test scores, must be received by the Admissions Office on or before the posted deadline for full consideration.
Interview Dates:Admission to this master’s program requires a half-day interview. Applicants will be notified by the Counseling program if selected for an interview.
Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Two letters of recommendation
Essay:Please upload your responses to the following prompts in an essay format adhering to these guidelines:
• 2 – 3 pages in length
• Double-spaced
• Times New Roman font type
• 12-pt font size

Essay Prompts
1. Why would you like to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor or School Counselor; what contribution would you like to make to the clinical mental health or school counseling profession?
2. What personal and professional experiences could support or hinder you in becoming an effective Clinical Mental Health or School Counselor?
3. Provide an example of a professional job experience that was challenged by your supervisor or a colleague. How did you respond, manage the challenge, and receive feedback from a different perspective?
4. Based on your social identity, how do you describe and experience social justice? An individual's social identity includes but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual or affectional orientation, age, religion/spirituality, disability/different ability, language, and political or sociopolitical affiliation. This makes social identity unique to each individual – no two individuals will have the exact same social identity. Opportunities and access to social power is, in part, available to people and groups due to social identity.
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:Application Opens – September 1, 2022
Application Completion Deadline – January 6, 2023
Note: the application deadline represents the endpoint in the application process (i.e., the completion of your file) rather than the beginning of that process). All materials, including official transcripts, recommendations, letters of recommendation, and test scores, must be received by the Admissions Office on or before the posted deadline for full consideration.
Interview Dates:Admission to this master’s program requires a half-day interview. Applicants will be notified by the Counseling program if selected for an interview.
Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Two letters of recommendation
Essay:Please upload your responses to the following prompts in an essay format adhering to these guidelines:
• 2 – 3 pages in length
• Double-spaced
• Times New Roman font type
• 12-pt font size

Essay Prompts
1. Why would you like to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor or School Counselor; what contribution would you like to make to the clinical mental health or school counseling profession?
2. What personal and professional experiences could support or hinder you in becoming an effective Clinical Mental Health or School Counselor?
3. Provide an example of a professional job experience that was challenged by your supervisor or a colleague. How did you respond, manage the challenge, and receive feedback from a different perspective?
4. Based on your social identity, how do you describe and experience social justice? An individual's social identity includes but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual or affectional orientation, age, religion/spirituality, disability/different ability, language, and political or sociopolitical affiliation. This makes social identity unique to each individual – no two individuals will have the exact same social identity. Opportunities and access to social power is, in part, available to people and groups due to social identity.
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 (Face-to-face/Lecture courses, with the exception of the Counseling and Education Policy programs)$875 per credit
Part-Time (Face-to-face/Lecture courses - Counseling)$891 per credit
Part-Time (Face-to-face/Lecture courses - Education Policy)$1,300 per credit
Online Courses (with the exception of Counseling and DALET programs)

*In addition, a $20 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$926 per credit*
Online courses (Counseling and DALET)

*In addition, a $20 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$944 per credit*
M.Ed. Education in the Health Professions & Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs

**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 $1,382 per credit, with the exception of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System employees, who pay $850 per credit.
$1,382 per credit**
MS in Education (International Teaching and Global Learning)

***In addition, a $1,500 per academic year technology fee will be assessed.
$48,000 per academic year***

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. Distinguished faculty lead the program with 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 is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

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. Upon graduation, candidates gain the knowledge, acquire the skills, and fulfill the academic requirements necessary to begin the licensure process) in Maryland and many other states. With full-time and part-time program sequences, students have a maximum of five years to complete the program. For fieldwork, students must completion practicum and hour internship in a clinical mental health setting.

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. With full-time and part- time program sequences, students have a maximum of five years to complete the program. For field work, students must complete practicum and internship in a school setting.

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.

Program outcome data

During the 2019-2020 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 Tracks12410010039%*
MS: Clinical Mental Health Counseling11110010038%*
MS: School Counseling1310010050%*
*Based on N = 23 students

 

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)
Faculty and student accomplishments

Master of Science in Counseling

CORE FACULTY

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Matthew Bonner

Justin Lauka professional headshot

Justin Lauka

Rosanna Sanchez-John

Rosanna Sanchez-John

Anita Young

Anita Young

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Nathaniel Brown

Sean Newhart professional headshot

Sean Newhart

Hsin-Ya Tang

Hsin-Ya Tang

Yiying Xiong

Yiying Xiong

Ileana Gonzalez

Ileana Gonzalez

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LaNail Plummer

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.  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 a 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 five years.

Program notes

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 one semester commitment. Following successful completion of practicum, the internship is a 600 hour two-semester commitment. Students must attend all group supervision sessions for practicum and internship to pass the courses. The program hosts a mandatory field experience orientation each year preparing students for the field experience process.

To be approved for enrollment in 863.870 Practicum in CMHC, all students must have successfully completed at a minimum the following courses: 861.605 Human Development and Counseling; 861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice; 861.507 Counseling Techniques; 863.501 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health; 863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling; 861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling; and 861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience.

Students must receive a grade of B or better in all laboratory courses (see below and Counseling Theories). Students must pass the practicum and 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 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 minimal grade of B.. 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

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 (6 credit hours)

Master of Science in Counseling

SCHOOL COUNSELING
PROGRAM PLAN

The program’s plan of study requires 60 graduate credits that may be completed through full-time or part-time matriculation and requires 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. Completion of a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship are required in this program.

Program notes

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 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.

To be approved for enrollment in 863.808 Practicum in School Counseling, all students must have successfully completed at a minimum the following courses: 861.605 Human Development and Counseling; 861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice; 861.507 Counseling Techniques; 861.614 Foundations of School Counseling; 863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling; 861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling; and 861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience.

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 to graduate from the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course see below) or Counseling Theories, the student must repeat the course and earn a minimum grade of  B.  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 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) (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 I in School Counseling (3 credits)

863.828 Internship II 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)

Even Velleman Portrait

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

State Authorization Disclosure Regarding Educational Prerequisites

Federal regulations require Johns Hopkins to disclose to students considering enrollment or enrolled in this program whether or not it meets educational prerequisites for licensure or certification by state.

Educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification

School Counseling

Program provides the required academic credits toward licensure in the state of Maryland and  requirements for other states vary.

Clinical Mental Health 

Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland. As of March 2020, Maryland has full reciprocity Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

As of March 2020, Maryland has partial reciprocity (some other conditions must be met) with Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas.

As of March 2020, Maryland has no reciprocity with Arizona, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.