Why Barry University’s MS in Counseling?


Academic Excellence

The MS in Counseling programs blend traditional didactic approaches to teaching with experiential methods, including role-play opportunities and participating in a group experience. Our professors are committed to providing a rigorous but distinctive program for our students. They serve as mentors through their commitment to the field of Counseling.

Feedback is an essential part inside and outside of the classroom. Faculty dedicate time to create an environment that allows students to feel comfortable to learn and grow as professionals. The mission of the University seeks to provide a learning environment, which encourages students to explore and accept intellectual, personal, ethical, spiritual, and social responsibilities.

CACREP Accreditation

CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of Barry University’s Counseling programs have been evaluated and meet standards set by the profession. This prestigious distinction means:

  • Our programs have been evaluated and meet or exceed national standards
  • The focus of our programs are on professional counseling
  • Our graduates have met prerequisites for credentialing and are ready for entry into professional practice
  • Our graduates have a competitive advantage when seeking field placements and professional employment in today's job market

Clinical Experiences

The on-site clinic, the Dr. Maureen Duffy Family Enrichment Center, a component of the CARE Center provides you the opportunity to gain clinical experience to the surrounding diverse community. You will gain at least 700 field experience hours with the CARE Center and a local community counseling setting.

Professors supervise and observe counseling sessions through a video monitors to encourage both professional and personal development. Audio and videotape recordings are also used to help students with their skill development as they work toward becoming more knowledgeable in therapeutic practice.
Find out more information about the College Reach-Out Program (CROP) and CARE Center. Both offer counseling services that focus on enhancing students’ and families’ strengths and resources.

Inclusive Community

There are many ways to become involved. Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society in Counseling and Barry's chapter, Chi Sigma Iota - Beta Upsilon is active, having received multiple awards since 1999 for its outstanding newsletter and as an outstanding chapter.

Accommodating the Working Professional

You can begin the program when its right for you. The MS in Counseling program accepts applications for fall, spring, and summer semesters. The program is delivered through face-to-face instruction in an active, culturally diverse, and hands-on learning environment. Classes are offered at two different times in the evening to accommodate students’ schedules. Course scheduling allows for an option of either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. for most classes.