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In order to complete the requisites for admission and before the evaluation in the department, an applicant must submit a goal statement and an autobiographical statement.

Your goal and autobiographical statements do not have to be in APA format or a certain amount of length.

Goal Statement

The goal statement reflects what led you to be in this field and why the MS College Program would be an ideal fit for you. The following is a list of questions to guide you in your writing of the goal statement:

  • Describe your professional goals and how this program will assist you in accomplishing them.
  • What specifically about MC’s Counseling Program encouraged you to apply?
  • What significant experiences inspired you to pursue the counseling profession?
  • What significant professional employment experiences have influenced you to pursue the counseling profession?
  • What personal characteristics do you think will contribute to your success as a counselor?
  • What are some personal factors which may challenge your relationship with clients?

Autobiographical Statement

The autobiographical statement is designed to gain additional background information.  The following is a list of questions to guide you in your writing of the autobiographical statement:

  • Describe your family of origin and your role in the family.
  • Please explain your thoughts regarding mental illness and counseling.
  • Please discuss your understanding of the current mental health system and changes you would like to see made to it in the future.
  • Please describe a personal crisis or a difficult situation and what steps you utilized to overcome the challenge.
  • Please describe your experiences working with diverse populations.
  • Please describe your interests in research and professional writing and how the program in which you are applying will assist you in this area.
  • Describe your strengths and weaknesses as a professional and areas for growth.

The Doctor of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.) degree program is designed to meet the career advancement goals of licensed professional counselors who wish to develop clinical specialization and achieve parity with other allied health professionals. The doctorate is a professional degree intended to prepare master counselors for successful practice in a variety of clinical settings and leadership in professional organizations. The DPC requires a minimum of 72 hours beyond the 60 semester hours of the Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling or Mental Health Counseling or equivalent degree program. The DPC degree program is a cohort-based course of studies in theory, research, and practice requiring students to be enrolled continuously and year-round once they have been admitted. The doctoral program consists of several components: Core Courses (30 semester hours); Application Courses (12 semester hours); Specialization Courses (12 semester hours); Internships (12 semester hours); and Concluding Courses (6 semester hours).  This program is available in both the traditional and online formats.

The Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  The program is not accredited by CACREP.  There is no assurance that a clinical doctorate will meet the CACREP standards for a research-based doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, which is currently the only doctoral-level accreditation. 

Admissions, Maintenance, and Graduation Requirements

Each applicant must submit to the Dean of the Graduate School (P.O. Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058) a complete application consisting of the following elements:

  • An application for admission with all required information.
  • A $35.00 application fee (non-refundable; must accompany application).
  • One copy of all official transcripts from previous college work and any transferable graduate credit. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for graduate work completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • A score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or another standardized admission test indicating a promise or likelihood of benefitting from doctoral level studies. The minimum acceptable score on the admissions test will be determined annually.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of documented experience in professional counseling.
  • A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential or eligibility for the equivalent of an LPC in the state in which the applicant will practice.
  • An essay of 800 words describing personal and professional goals for seeking the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree.
  • A professional resume detailing relevant experiences.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can evaluate the candidate’s potential for success as a master counselor.
  • A portfolio of the applicant’s work as a professional counselor.

Doctoral Program Review Committee

The Doctoral Program Review Committee will review the applications and supporting materials of all applicants. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted six weeks prior to the start of the semester. Students are admitted into the program in the fall and spring semesters. The Doctoral Program Review Committee, appointed by the DPC degree program, will review applications submitted by the semester deadline, interview promising applicants, and select candidates for the degree based on particular admissions criteria developed by the committee. The committee will recommend regular admission, provisional admission, or rejection of the application to the Dean of the Graduate School who will notify the applicants in writing of their admission status. Initial admission to the doctoral program is conditional until the first twelve hours of coursework, including assessments of clinical competency and personal adjustment, are completed. Progress throughout the competency-based program is monitored by the Director of the DPC and the Doctoral Program Review Committee.

Competency Assessments

Each candidate will complete a series of assessments to determine fitness for counseling practice, progress toward master clinical competence, and contributions to the advancement of professional counseling. Any student who does not pass or successfully completes a competency assessment will meet with the Doctoral Program Review Committee and receive recommendations for remediation that must be completed for ongoing progression in the degree program. The competency assessments include the following: 

  • Baseline Clinical Assessment-Pre-Doctoral Internship (completed in conjunction with COU 8801 or equivalent)
  • Self and Professional Assessments of Personal Adjustment, Mental Health Status, and Fitness for Counseling (completed in conjunction with COU 8601)
  • Qualifying Examination-Defense of the Personal Practice Theory (completed in conjunction with COU 8604)
  • Comprehensive Examination-Project Proposal (completed in conjunction with COU 8901)
  • Clinical Proficiency Examination-Submission of a portfolio of clinical materials, Clinical Competencies Checklist, and an interview with the Doctoral Program Review Committee (completed in conjunction with COU 8804)
  • Project Demonstrating Excellence (PDE)-Capstone and Concluding Course (completed in conjunction with COU 8902)

Residency

Each doctoral student must be in continuous study and interaction with the core faculty of the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program. The requirement may be satisfied by completing three full-time semesters with continuous enrollment once the candidate has been admitted to the doctoral cohort.

Project Demonstrating Excellence

The Project Demonstrating Excellence (PDE) is the capstone or concluding experience of the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program in which each candidate proposes, conducts, and reports the results of meaningful participatory action research and/or program development in an approved clinical setting. The PDE replaces the traditional requirement of a research-oriented dissertation. Instead, the PDE is intended to provide a means for demonstrating high-level clinical competency and/or program design, implementation, and evaluation. The PDE is guided by a practitioner-scholar perspective in which research findings are applied in a systematic manner. The PDE is proposed in the semester before graduation and constitutes the comprehensive examination for the degree. The PDE must be completed, presented, and reviewed for acceptance in the final semester (COU 8902).

Graduation Requirements

Candidates will receive clearance for graduation after successfully completing the following:

  1. All coursework in the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.25;
  2. Completion of all competency assessments in the approved sequence;
  3. Proposal and completion of the Project Demonstrating Excellence (PDE); and
  4. Presentation and defense of the Project Demonstrating Excellence (PDE).

Time Limitations

All requirements for the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program must be completed within seven (7) years from initial enrollment. Candidates may apply for an extension of the time limit to the Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program, Dean of the School of Education, and Dean of the Graduate School.

Transfer Credit

A candidate may transfer a maximum of 21 semester hours of graduate credit completed in a post master's degree program or equivalent. Transfer hours will be evaluated by the Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program, Dean of the School of Education, and Dean of the Graduate School.

Courses

Requirement Class Name Hours
Core Courses   27
COU 8401 Introduction to Applied Research 3
COU 8402 Planning Consultation and Leadership  3
COU 8403 Advanced Seminar in Counselor Education, Technology, and Professional Advocacy 3
COU 8501 Advanced Professional Career and Lifestyle Planning 3
COU 8502 Advanced Lifespan Developmental Processes  3
COU 8503 Advanced Theories and Models of Counseling & Psychotherapy  3
COU 8504 Advanced Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning 3
COU 8505 Advanced Group Dynamics and Contextual Factors in Counseling 3
COU 8506 Advanced Systems Theory, Multicultural and Transformational Models 3
Application Courses   27
COU 8405 Clinical Entrepreneurship 3
COU 8406 Advanced Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology 3
COU 8601 Professional Identity and Ethical Practice  3
COU 8602 Professional Growth and Wellbeing 3
COU 8603 Evidence-Based Practice: Clinical Applications of Research  3
COU 8604 Psychotherapy Integration 3
COU 8605 Trauma: Impact, Assessment, and Treatment 3
COU 8606 Advanced Case Conceptualization 3
COU 8805 Clinical Supervision 3
Specialization Courses   12
COU 8701 Specialization Seminar I 3
COU 8702 Specialization Seminar II 3
COU 8703 Specialization Seminar III 3
COU 8704 Specialization Seminar IV 3
Concluding Courses   6
COU 8901 Project Proposal 3
COU 8902 Project Demonstrating Excellence 3

The mission of the Education Specialist in Counseling Program is help students acquire the advanced competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as professional counselors, counselor supervisors, and counseling program directors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), national counseling certification, approved clinical supervisor status, or licensure as a school counselor (AAA). Candidates for AAA State of Mississippi licensure will be required to provide evidence of a AA Guidance and Counseling license issued by the Mississippi Department of Education. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Education Specialist in Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in advanced clinical and administrative skills applicable to schools, universities, agencies, and other settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites and to conduct supervision and program development projects.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. The applicant must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.25 on previous graduate work.
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
  4. The applicant or student may transfer up to 48 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
  5. The applicant or student must have the state minimum scores on the appropriate sections of the PRAXIS series: PPST (Reading 156, Writing 162, Mathematics 150, and PLT 152) or NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills 651, General Knowledge 646, Professional Knowledge 649). The applicant may also have a score of 21 on the ACT.
  6. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status.
  7. Upon successful completion of 12 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.

Provisional Admission to the Program

The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.

Degree Requirements

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a planned program of at least 66 semester hours including up to 48 hours earned in an acceptable Master’s degree in counseling or a related discipline. The Specialist Degree in Counseling can offer the student an opportunity to receive an advanced degree in counseling, pursue advanced studies to meet career goals, or to qualify for a Mississippi AAA License in guidance and counseling. Successful completion of the Ed.S. degree in Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a planned program of studies selected from a list of courses in consultation with the Coordinator of the Ed.S. Program, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.

Courses

Requirement Class Name Hours
Post-Master's Coursework   18
Core Courses   12
COU 7504 Internship in Counseling III 3
COU 7505 Counselor Supervision 3
COU 7506 Planning & Organizing Counseling & Human Services Programs 3
EDU 7507 Statistical Interpretation in Education & Psychology 3
Specialized Coursework Two electives selected from a list of courses in consultation with the coordinator of the program 6
Total Hours   66

Students may apply year round for review and admission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. The applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 2.75 on previous undergraduate work.
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant's character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
  4. The applicant or student may transfer up to 15 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitutue. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
  5. The applicant or student must have the state minimum PRAXIS CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educations) scores on the appropriate sections of the PRAXIS series. Applicant must take and pass CASE in order to meet State of Mississippi certification requirements. Required scores are:
    1. Reading (5712) - 156
    2. Writing (5722) - 162
    3. Mathematics (5732) - 150
  6. The applicant should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographical Statement.
  7. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status.
  8. Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy. After completion of graduation requirements see additional information available at www.mde.k12.ms.us to meet State certification requirements. Request that all scores be sent to MC (Code 1477). The passing score for PRAXIS II Guidance & Counseling (test code 0421 or 5421) is 156.

Provisional Admission to the Program

The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses for students who hold the Mississippi Class A Educator License. Students who do not have a five-year educator license from the Mississippi Office of Educator Licensure will be required to complete a full-year internship in order to meet the educational requirements for the Class AA License in Guidance and Counseling, which requires these students to follow the internship site school district guidelines for length of Internship I and Internship II. Students should consult the current guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure and discuss specific requirements with the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. Successful completion of the M.Ed. degree in School Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 600 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.

Comprehensive Examination

During the last two semesters of enrollment, candidates for the M. Ed. in School Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. The exit exam is the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a 160-item, standardized, computer-based exam published by the Center for Credentialing & Education. A passing score of 50% or higher is required for graduation. In the event a student earns less than 50%, the Assessment Coordinator will develop a remediation plan and retesting

Requirement Class Name Hours
Level I   9
COU 6501 Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Counseling 3
COU 6502 Theories of Personality & Counseling 3
COU 6503 Helping Relationships (Methods & Techniques in Counseling) 3
Level II   9
COU 6504 Research - Methods & Procedures 3
COU 6506 Multicultural Counseling 3
COU 6515 Lifespan Development 3
Level III   9
COU 6661 Use & Interpretation of Tests 3
COU 6662 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
COU 6663 Practicum in Counseling & Therapy 3
Level IV   15
COU 6664 Consultation: Theories, Models, & Practices 3
COU 6665 Lifestyle & Career Counseling 3
COU 6666 Systems Theory & Intervention Strategies 3
COU 6667 Addictions Counseling 3
COU 6668 Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge, & Skills of School Counseling 3
Level V   3
COU 6701

Internship in Counseling I

3
COU/PSY 6810 Play Therapy 3
COU 6802  Child Psychopathology 3
Level VI   3
COU 6702 Internship in Counseling II 3
COU/PSY 6818 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
Elective Selected from a list of courses in consultation with the Coordinator of School Counseling 3
Comprehensive Exam    
COU 6999 Graduate Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Hours   60

The mission of the Marriage and Family Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as marriage and family counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as national counseling certification. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Marriage and Family Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with couples and families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare and ministry teams in church, agency, hospital, and other marriage and family treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
  4. The applicant or student may transfer up to 15 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
  5. The applicant must submit GRE scores that fall within the following ranges: A verbal score beginning in the range of 146-150 or greater (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score beginning in the range of 140-141 or greater (equivalent to 400-450), or a score within these ranges on either section and a score of 3.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE general Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined.
  6. The student should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographical Statement.
  7. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status
  8. Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.

Provisional Admission to the Program

The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education. Ordinarily, students who are admitted on a provisional basis will satisfy general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College before completion of the qualifying core courses and application for admission to candidacy. Provisionally admitted students must earn the grade of B in all courses completed prior to regular admission.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 600 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.

Comprehensive Examination

During the last two semesters of enrollment, candidates for the M. S. in Marriage and Family Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. The exit exam is the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a 160-item, standardized, computer-based exam published by the Center for Credentialing & Education. A passing score of 50% or higher is required for graduation. In the event a student earns less than 50%, the Assessment Coordinator will develop a remediation plan and retesting

Courses

Requirement Class Name Hours
Level I   9
COU 6501 Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Counseling 3
COU 6502 Theories of Personality & Counseling 3
COU 6503 Helping Relationships (Methods & Techniques in Counseling) 3
Level II   9
COU 6504 Research - Methods & Procedures 3
COU 6506 Multicultural Counseling 3
COU 6515 Lifespan Development 3
Level III   9
COU 6661 Use & Interpretation of Tests 3
COU 6662 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
COU 6663 Practicum in Counseling & Therapy 3
Level IV   15
COU 6664 Consultation: Theories, Models, & Practices 3
COU 6665 Lifestyle & Career Counseling 3
COU 6666 Systems Theory & Intervention Strategies 3
COU 6667 Addictions Counseling 3
COU 6670 Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge, & Skills of Marriage & Family Counseling 3
Level V   9
COU 6701 Internship in Counseling I 3
COU 6807 Couple Dynamics & Counseling 3

Choose one of the following courses:

   
COU 6801 Adult Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment 3
COU 6802 Child Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment 3
Level VI   9
COU 6702 Internship in Counseling II 3
COU 6808 Family Dynamics & Counseling 3
  Elective 3
Comprehensive Exam    
COU 6999 Graduate Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Hours   60

The mission of the Mental Health Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as mental health counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as national counseling certification. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Mental Health Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with adult and child clients, their families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare team in agency, hospital, and other mental health treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  3. The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
  4. The applicant or student may transfer up to 15 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
  5. The applicant must submit GRE scores that fall within the following ranges:
    A verbal score beginning in the range of 146-150 (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score beginning in the range of 140-141 (equivalent to 400-450), or a score within these ranges on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined.
  6. The student should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographicla Statement.
  7. The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status.
  8. Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.

Provisional Admission to the Program

The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education. Ordinarily, students who are admitted on a provisional basis will satisfy general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College before completion of the qualifying core courses and application for admission to candidacy. Provisionally admitted students must earn the grade of B in all courses completed prior to regular admission.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 900 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.

Comprehensive Examination

During the last two semesters of enrollment, candidates for the M. S. in Mental Health Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. The exit exam is the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a 160-item, standardized, computer-based exam published by the Center for Credentialing & Education. A passing score of 50% or higher is required for graduation. In the event a student earns less than 50%, the Assessment Coordinator will develop a remediation plan and retesting

Courses

Requirement Class Name Hours
Level I   9
COU 6501 Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Counseling 3
COU 6502 Theories of Personality & Counseling 3
COU 6503 Helping Relationships (Methods & Techniques in Counseling) 3
Level II   9
COU 6504 Research - Methods & Procedures 3
COU 6506 Multicultural Counseling 3
COU 6515 Lifespan Development 3
Level III   9
COU 6661 Use & Interpretation of Tests 3
COU 6662 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
COU 6663 Practicum in Counseling & Therapy 3
Level IV   15
COU 6664 Consultation: Theories, Models, & Practices 3
COU 6665 Lifestyle & Career Counseling 3
COU 6666 Systems Theory & Intervention Strategies 3
COU 6667 Addictions Counseling 3
COU 6669 Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge, & Skills of Mental Health Counseling 3
Level V   9
COU 6701 Internship in Counseling I 3
COU 6801 Adult Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment 3
  Elective 3
Level VI   9
COU 6702 Internship in Counseling II 3
COU 6802 Child Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment 3
  Elective 3
Comprehensive Exam    
COU 6999 Graduate Comprehensive Examination 0
Total Hours   60

I.  Introduction

The Graduate Counseling Program at Mississippi College continues to demonstrate positive outcomes for students and graduates.  The program has a full-time administrative assistant, a practicum/internship coordinator, a coordinator for each of the tracks, and several graduate assistants. There are 10 full-time faculty and numerous long term adjunct faculty providing instruction across the various tracks. 

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Department of Counseling and Psychology at Mississippi College: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.), School Counseling (M. Ed.), and Marriage and Family Counseling (M. S.).

The curriculum has been updated to accommodate both the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition. Data collection and evaluation of student learning outcomes in the Marriage and Family Counseling, School Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling have been completed for 2016 and data collection continues currently. All syllabi have been updated to the 2016 CACREP Standards.

II. Student Data

Program Year No. of Graduates Completion Rate LPC Exam Pass Rate Placement Rate
Marriage and Family Counseling 2016 28 90% 33% 85%
  2017 19 100% 17% 100%
Mental Health Counseling 2016 24 90% 34% 80%
  2017 23 99% 30% 100%
School Counseling 2016 11 95% 80%

92%

  2017 11 100% 73.33% 100%

III. Student Satisfaction

Scores are based on a 5-point scale with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 5 being "strongly agree".

Exit Survey Highlights (Program Alumni, collected 2017)  
Level of overall satisfaction with education at Mississippi College                                4.58
Level of satisfaction with academic preparation provided through content area knowledge 4.35
Level of satisfaction with academic preparation provided through integration of theory and practice 4.36

Exit Survey Highlights (for students surveyed in Fall 2017- Summer 2018)

Graduate faculty demonstrated scholarly and professional competence 4.83

Faculty prepared thoroughly for teaching courses

4.86

Faculty members were accessible to students in graduate programs

4.79

Faculty member provided useful criticism of student’s work

4.86

Faculty members were genuinely interested in the welfare of students

4.79

Faculty members were aware of new developments in the field

4.83

Evaluation procedures were appropriate and adequate

4.88

Teaching methods used were appropriate and adequate

4.79

Scores are based on a 4-point scale with 1 being "strongly disagree" and 4 being "strongly agree". 

Exit Survey Highlights (Program Alumni, collected 2017)  
Degree of which faculty members were interested in students’ professional development                                                                                                                      3.77
Degree of which students would recommend the Mississippi College Counseling Program to prospective students                                                                                  3.75