Students in pre-kindergarten through high school (preK–12) face increasingly complex challenges, from self-esteem issues to bullying.

By earning your MS is School Counseling, you will learn how to effectively manage these issues to help students adapt and adjust to their surroundings.

This program features:

  • A high-quality curriculum.
  • Hands-on learning experiences.
  • Walden's exclusive Virtual School.
  • Face-to-face residencies.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 36 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 37 credits

Choose from the General Program, or the specializations below:

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Military Families and Culture

The accelerated track in this program is designed for students who are interested in taking multiple courses per quarter to finish their program in a shorter time frame. This track has the same curriculum, residencies, and field experience requirements as the general track, but requires a strong time commitment and is best suited for students who can dedicate themselves full time to their studies.


More about our MS in School Counseling program

  • Career Options

    Earning an MS in School Counseling from Walden can prepare you for a variety of rewarding career roles, including:*

    • School counselor
    • Academic counselor
    • Academic advisor
    • Counselor for college and career readiness

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in School Counseling program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in School Counseling program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    NCATEThe Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why earn your MS in School Counseling at Walden?

  • Relevant Curriculum

    Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Accelerated Option

    Choose our accelerated track to save time and money.


The MS in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which is a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The MS in School Counseling program meets the standards for school counseling licensure or certification and is a state-approved program in Minnesota and Ohio. The MS in School Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which may also be a requirement to become licensed or certified as a school counselor in some states. In addition, some states require school counselors to have an existing teaching license or certification, and teaching experience, in order to be eligible for a school counseling certification/license.

Further, many states require school counseling programs to be approved in at least one state, either their own or another state. The MS in School Counseling program is approved by the states of Minnesota and Ohio, and while this approval is accepted by the majority of states which require state approval, it may not be accepted by all states.



“Walden provides working professionals with the necessary education to transform themselves."

Angela Corley | MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate