School of Education

Master of Science in Education – Professional School Counseling

Education Graduate Degree Program

BVU’s master’s in school counseling equips you to make a difference in elementary, middle, and high schools. Professional school counselors promote growth, enhance learning, and contribute to student success.

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What Can I Do with a Master’s Degree in Professional School Counseling?

Students who graduate with a master’s in school counseling appreciate the program’s focus on application, allowing them to “hit the ground running” as an advocate and advisor for elementary through high school students upon completion of their 48 credit hours. 

The  master’s in school counseling program is supported and accredited by the North Central Association for colleges and the Iowa Department of Education. Curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for Iowa school counselor licensure and follows the ASCA model seen in school districts. 

Why Study Professional School Counseling at BVU?

Learn Online and In Person

Through online, eight-week terms with a Zoom class one night each week, this two-year  master’s in school counseling program is designed to be taken alongside your current career. The weekly Zoom class each week allows students to engage in rich conversations and interactions. Students in the master’s in school counseling program then further enhance their learning with a weeklong in-person residency in Storm Lake once each year.

Apply for our Summer 2022 cohort! The priority application deadline is March 15, 2022. Following the priority deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Face-to-Face Experience and Skill Building

As part of our master’s in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling programs, students take part in a week-long residency at our beautiful campus on the shores of Storm Lake in Iowa. This week of learning is one of the highlights of the program, where you get to know others in your cohort and gain experience working on your skills with your classmates.

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Meeting one evening each week via Zoom makes the program very doable even while working and having a family. I also really like the seven-day residency because we get to know others in our cohort and gain experience working on our skills with our classmates.

Courses & Application Requirements

  • Courses (48 credit hours)
  • Application Requirements

Financial Aid

We’ll help you figure out your options for receiving financial assistance.

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Education Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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No GRE Required

BVU does not require students to take the GRE for admission — saving you time and money.

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