Counseling, M.A.

Our Counseling program gives you experience in the theory and practice of mental health, substance use disorders, and school counseling. Our graduates demonstrate a strong grounding in the knowledge and skills of the counseling profession, as well as in person-centered and strength-based approaches. You will learn how to lead a culturally fluid practice in a diverse society and drive leadership, systems change, and advocacy in the profession, the community, and the larger society. Our flexible program lets you focus on an area of interest to tailor your studies to your career goals. 

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Why Study Counseling at Vermont State?

Unique program: Our curriculum includes a core of required courses, additional specialization coursework in your area of interest, a personal growth experience, and an internship with an accompanying seminar. 

Self-paced learning: It usually takes 2.5 to 3.5 years to finish the degree, depending on your individualized plan of study. A thesis is not required.  

Expert faculty: Faculty are scholar-practitioners who bring national and local expertise in mental health counseling, school counseling, integrated service delivery, research, and administration to the program.  

Licensure preparation: The program prepares students to pursue licensure in clinical mental health, substance use, or school counseling. 

Concentrations in Counseling

Students in this program choose a concentration to combine with their foundational classes.

  • Addictions
  • Clinical Mental Health
  • School Counseling

To apply, please select Counseling from the list on the application. You will have opportunity to identify your concentration interest after you apply.

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Financial Aid for Counseling Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in Counseling to students across Vermont and beyond. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Tuition assistance is available to Vermont residents who enroll in the M.A. in Counseling. Learn more about eligibility.

Internships & Jobs in Counseling

At Vermont State, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for counseling jobs through internships, co-ops, career coaching, and more. Our internship placements will help grow your professional network.

Individually designed internships for this program are developed with area agencies, schools, businesses, and colleges to give you hands-on experience.

Job placement locations include:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Howard Center
  • Laraway School
  • Lamoille Mental Health Agency
  • Restorative justice agencies
  • School counseling departments
  • Department of Children and Family
  • Wilderness therapy centers 

Student Stories

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“The class schedule fit into my life without a total upheaval and provided the path for me to get this specific credential in School Counseling … I’m doing what I wanted to do be doing.” 

Erin Dezell G’19

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