Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling is a post-master’s program for counselors specializing in counseling and clinical supervision. This certificate is ideal for those who need additional credits for licensure, or for those from nontraditional disciplines in which counseling skills are valuable, or for those who seek advanced training in specific counseling modalities such as cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based integrative therapies. Internship required.

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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling

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Completion Time

3 Years

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Application Deadline

FEBRUARY 15, 2021

*The School of Education plans to continue its academic offerings in a remote, online format through spring 2021.

Application requirements and deadlines
Counseling (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study [CAGS])
Start Term:Fall and Spring
Application Deadline: Fall 2020- August 7, 2020

Spring 2021- January 15, 2021
Previous master’s-level degree in counseling or a related field
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
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.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
International Applicants:This program’s course schedule offers part-time enrollment only, Admission is not open to international applicants seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa. Please visit the International Student Admissions page for more information.
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)$833 per credit
Online Courses

*In addition, a $15 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$882 per credit*
Full-Time Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling (Fellows)$882 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 $1,292 per credit, with the exception of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System employees, who pay $850 per credit (effective Fall 2020). The current rate of $700 per credit will remain in effect for the Summer 2020 term.
$1,292 per credit**
MS in Education (International Teaching and Global Learning)$48,000 per academic year
MS in Education Policy

36 credits/includes Introduction to Statistics course $46,800
33 credits (w/o Introduction to Statistics course) $42,900
$1,300 per credit/$3,900 per 3 credit course
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Studying in the Johns Hopkins Counseling program, I have learned so much about how to help students grow their self-identity, how to increase their sense of belonging, and how to address gaps in their access to support. The program has changed my life, and I don’t say that lightly.


Dantavious Hicks
Current student 

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling

Program Description

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is an advanced 30-credit, post-master’s program with a concentration in counseling and clinical supervision. Students develop individualized specialization guided by faculty advisers. Applicants must have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field from an accredited institution.

The CAGS requires an internship and is designed for students who need more than 15 credits to gain licensure and for those from nontraditional disciplines such as bereavement, massage therapy, or other fields in which counseling skills are valuable for career advancement.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling

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Matthew Bonner

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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling


Program Requirements

An applicant is required to have completed a master’s degree in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, and submit a detailed resume or curriculum vitae, a statement of personal and career goals, graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

*Note: Letters are not required for students currently enrolled in the School of Education’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling master’s programs.

Eligible applicants will be invited for interviews with the admissions committee.


Required Course (3 credits hours)

861.713 Advanced Treatment Approaches


A total of 27 credits hours with the approval of an adviser.

Recommended electives include:

863.880 Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision

863.875 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling


Prior to registration for first class, students should meet with their adviser to develop a program of study tailored to their needs. Students can avail themselves of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses at both locations. An internship is required, and students should secure clinical sites that match their interests in coordination with the Field Experience Office.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling


Do you have a required course sequence?

No. Students can tailor their course sequence and program of study to meet their needs, in consultation with their adviser.

Can I complete the certificate entirely online?

No. However, it may be possible to take some of the courses you require in an online format.

Can I transfer credits completed elsewhere?


Can I modify my program of study once I start the certificate?

Yes, in consultation with your adviser.

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In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, the School of Education is required to disclose select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

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Program Name: Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling

This program is designed to be completed in 20 months.

This program will cost $26,300 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ [XX,XXX] of debt.
Too few graduates to report median debt.

Program does not meet licensure requirements in the following States: Maryland

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