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 of Colleges and Schools and the Iowa Department of Education. Curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for Iowa School Counseling licensure and follows the American School Counselor Association (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 virtual 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 virtual 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 four-day in-person residency in Storm Lake once each year.

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Discover how you'll make an impact

Learn more about a BVU master's degree from our Program Director for Professional School Counseling. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to help you succeed. 

Apply for our Summer 2024 cohort today! 

Meet the Professor

Learn how you can make a difference in schools by promoting growth, enhancing learning, and contributing to student success. Our director of Professional School Counseling will answer all your questions about BVU's program. Register now for an informational session. All sessions are virtual from 6-7 p.m.

Dr. Fensom


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 four-day residency at our beautiful campus on the shores of Storm Lake in Iowa. This time 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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I don’t think I’ll ever lose the passion I have to support people with their needs. Earning my master’s degree in this program seems to be the next logical step.

Courses & Application Requirements

  • Courses (48 credit hours)
  • Application Requirements

Your Support Staff

Kelli Cameron
Kelli Cameron
Student Success Specialist, Graduate Programs
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Dr. Renee Fensom
Dr. Renee Fensom
Director of Professional School Counseling
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Dr. Branis Knezevic
Assistant Professor of Professional School Counseling
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Director of Graduate Programs
Deb Lenhart
Director of Graduate Programs
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Jordan Mikkelsen
Jordan Mikkelsen
Financial Specialist - Graduate Programs
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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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