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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 field experience hours.

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Barry can help you be the change you wish to see in the world!

Specializations

    Teamwork

    Mental Health Counseling

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    Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling

    Experiential Learning

    School Counseling

    Accelerated Learning

    Multiple Specializations

  • Teamwork

    Mental Health Counseling

  • Inclusive2

    Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling

  • Experiential Learning

    School Counseling

  • Accelerated Learning

    Multiple Specializations

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.

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Experiential Learning Clinical Opportunities

The ability to serve children and families effectively is a crucial skill that must be developed with extensive training. This is a key competency that greatly affects graduate and doctoral counseling students’ future employment and effectiveness as professionals in the field. It is imperative that students gain hands-on supervised clinical experiences to complement what they are learning in their coursework. The on-site CARE Center is able to offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences for graduate and doctoral counseling students. Practicum and intern counselors-in-training are able to gain supervised clinical experiences in their specialty areas as mental health, marriage and family counseling/therapy, and school counseling. Graduate and doctoral counseling students receive supervised hands-on training to actual clients. This experience strengthens our students’ resume and portfolio and gives them an edge when applying for internships because they have direct experience.
Additionally, Barry University recognizes that true change, growth, and leadership come when our internal resources are leveraged for maximum impact. As a result, the CARE Center seeks grants that support the University’s mission to serve under resourced and underrepresented populations. Graduate and doctoral counseling students are to participate in these grant funded programs through the Family CARE Center. For example, College Reach-Out Program (CROP) offers services that focus on enhancing resources for students and families, while also addressing factors outside of school that impact a student's ability to pursue a college education.

Locations Miami is not the only location!

Miami Shores - Main Campus

Address

11300 NE 2nd Ave , Miami Shores, FL 33161

Nassau, The Bahamas Queen's College

Address

Village Rd , Nassau, The Bahamas

Admissions Overview Getting Started

We are an inclusive academic community fostered through collaboration, scholarly and critical analysis, and respect. We are committed to promoting student and system multicultural competence and sensitivity.

We train students to become counselors who assist individuals, couples, and families find solutions and untapped resources to work through challenges that bring them to counseling.

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The MS in Counseling program accepts applications for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Apply when it's right for you.

Admission Requirements

  • Application including statement of purpose and goals
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university with appropriate credits as indicated by transcripts
  • Two recent professional recommendations for graduate study including a letter from a former professor
  • Current resume

Admissions Overview Are you a Transfer or an International Student?

You can apply to Barry whenever it’s convenient for you. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but it’s always better to apply sooner than later. You’re considered a transfer applicant when you have at least 12 college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Remember, you may have to apply separately to specific programs, so please review the academic requirements for your intended major.
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 note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Also, 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.

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.

Financial Aid Programs Graduate Assistantships

Below are the costs associated with the different degrees and programs in the Adrian Dominican School of Education. (Effective July 2021)

Doctoral Programs

Counseling $1,125.00
Curriculum & Instruction $950.00
Organizational Leadership $850.00
Transformational School Leadership $850.00

Educational Specialist Programs

School Psychology $750.00
Educational Leadership $600.00
Montessori $600.00

Master's Programs

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

Online Programs

Reading $419.00
Educational Leadership $419.00
Exceptional Student Education $419.00
Higher Education Administration $419.00
Curriculum & Instruction $419.00

Doctoral Programs

Counseling
$1,125.00
Curriculum & Instruction
$950.00
Organizational Leadership
$850.00
Transformational School Leadership
$850.00

Educational Specialist Programs

School Psychology
$750.00
Educational Leadership
$600.00
Montessori
$600.00

Master's Programs

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

Online Programs

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

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.
We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

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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