MS in Counseling

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Program Overview MS in Counseling

The demand for compassionate professional counselors continues to increase alongside the need for mental health support. We designed our CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Counseling program to prepare future counselors, like you, for the roles and challenges they will encounter as they grow in their profession. We blend traditional didactic approaches to teaching with experiential methods, including role-play and group experiences.

Our professors are committed to providing a rigorous but distinctive program for our students, serving as mentors and trusted guides. The program culminates in a clinical practicum and internship experience under the live supervision of expert faculty at our on-campus training clinic, the CARE Center, providing 700 clinical experience hours.

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Program Highlights

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    Inclusive Focus

    Barry promotes student and system multicultural competence and sensitivity. You will become a counselor who helps individuals, couples, and families find solutions and untapped resources to work through challenges that bring them to counseling.

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    Accreditation

    Our Counseling program has been accredited since 1994. CACREP accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of Barry’s Counseling program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.

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    Honor Society

    Barry has an active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society in Counseling. It has received multiple awards since 1999 for its outstanding newsletter and as an outstanding chapter.

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    Networking Organization

    You also can get involved in the Barry University Counseling and School Psychology Association (BUCSPA), a student-run organization providing students and alumni the opportunity to network at professional development and social events.

Experiential Learning Clinical Opportunities

You will gain hands-on supervised clinical experiences to complement what you are learning in your coursework through the on-site CARE Center. You will receive faculty-supervised training with clients within your specialization.

This experience strengthens your resume and provides a competitive advantage when applying for internships because you have direct experience. These clinical hours count towards your required 700 hours of clinical hours.

Learn more about the Care Center Practicum and Internship

Admissions Overview Getting Started

The MS in Counseling program trains students to become counselors who assist individuals, couples, and families find solutions and untapped resources to work through challenges that bring them to counseling. Whatever you need to reach your career goals, we're ready to help.

I want to make applying to Barry University a smooth experience so please connect with any questions you have about the application process.

Warmly, Betsy Thomas

Senior Director, Graduate Admissions

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Admission Requirements

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    Application including statement of purpose and goals.

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    Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university.

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    Two recent professional recommendations for graduate study including a letter from a former professor.

  • Certification

    Current resume

  • Experiential Learning

    Application including statement of purpose and goals.

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    Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university.

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    Two recent professional recommendations for graduate study including a letter from a former professor.

  • Certification

    Current resume

Admission Highlights

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    Affordable Tuition

    Tuition is $800 per credit.

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    Modality

    Take classes online, in Miami, or The Bahamas.

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    Start when its right for you

    You can start in January (spring), May (summer) or August (fall).

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    Duration

    This program can be completed in as little as 2 1/2 years for full-time students by taking four classes a semester. Part-time degree seekers can expect to finish in approximately 4 years.

Admissions Overview International Student FAQs

If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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Financial Aid Affordable for You

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

Below are the costs associated with the different degrees and programs in the Adrian Dominican School of Education.

  • Counseling

    • $1,125.00

    Curriculum & Instruction

    • $950.00

    Organizational Leadership

    • $850.00

    Transformational School Leadership

    • $850.00
  • School Psychology

    • $750.00

    Educational Leadership

    • $600.00

    Montessori

    • $600.00
  • Counseling

    • $800.00

    School Psychology

    • $750.00

    Human Resource Development

    • $600.00

    Administration

    • $600.00

    Curriculum & Instruction

    • $600.00

    Bahamas Tuition Rate - Master's Programs

    • $600.00

    Montessori

    • $600.00
  • Reading

    • $419.00

    Educational Leadership

    • $419.00

    Exceptional Student Education

    • $419.00

    Higher Education Administration

    • $419.00

    Curriculum & Instruction

    • $419.00
Please inquire about military, public service, and certificate program rates

School of Education Faculty

Information for Current Students

School of Education Student and Professional Organizations

Barry University's School of Education sponsors and is involved in several student organizations and national professional organizations that are designed to assist you in your professional development.

Student Organizations can be a powerful way for students to enhance, enrich, network and develop their leadership skills while making valuable community contributions.

Counseling Programs Accreditation

The PhD in Counseling Program and the Master of Science (MS) in Counseling Programs in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marital, Couple and Family Counseling, and School Counseling specializations are nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Accreditation is a process whereby an educational institution (and/or a program within an educational institution) is assessed for educational quality based on already developed standards. Accreditation also serves as a statement to the public that an institution and/or its programs are committed to educational quality.

View all our Accreditations CACREP Program Outcomes Report

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is the premier national accreditation for Counseling Programs and signifies that the accredited program meets the highest standards of the counseling profession.

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