School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health (Master of Science)

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Help students reach their full potential.

Creighton University’s Master of Science in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health program is designed to prepare individuals for a counseling career in a school system.

Today’s students face a number of challenges, including bullying and self-esteem issues, relationship problems, drug use and more. These challenges can hinder a student’s academic and personal growth and often warrant outside support and guidance. School counselors play a very important role in ensuring that each student has the best chance at a successful future.

In this program, you’ll learn about the many aspects of child and adolescent development and how to develop strategies to help students cope with their challenges and overcome obstacles. You’ll graduate this program empowered to provide positive and effective leadership to your students and your school.

Students in this program can choose from specializations in Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling or PK-12 Guidance Counseling. Curriculum is based on the standards identified within the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model.

Complete your master’s degree fully online.

Creighton’s master’s in school counseling program is designed to fit easily into your busy schedule. This 36-credit program can be completed fully online in about two years.

This program includes a 600-hour internship that meets the Nebraska school counseling certification requirements. Students from states other than Nebraska are responsible for determining the certification requirements for their state and will work with their adviser to meet those requirements.

Build your career in a high-demand field.

There is a desperate need for school counselors across the nation. Employment opportunities for school counselors are expected to grow by 9.7 percent over the next decade. The median annual salary for a school counselor is $54,558.

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) – October 2017


Creighton University’s Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health consists of 36-39 credit hours (depending on which track you choose) and can be completed in about two years.

All degree candidates are required to take the following courses and choose one track from Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling or PK-12 Guidance Counseling.

  • Professional Orientation to School Counseling
  • Ethical Guidelines for School Counselors
  • Introduction to the ASCA Model of School Counseling
  • Action Research in School Counseling
  • Issues in Child & Adolescent Development for School Counselors
  • Individual & Program Assessment in School Counseling
  • Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Data-Driven Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Career Perspectives for Children & Adolescents
  • Individual Planning & Counseling Techniques for School Counselors
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children & Adolescents – Group Dynamics
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children & Adolescents – Classroom Guidance
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children & Adolescents – Small Group Counseling
  • Diagnosis & Mental Health Issues in Children & Adolescents
  • Social Justice & Diversity in School Counseling

Elementary School Counseling Track

  • Issues in Elementary School Counseling
  • Internship in Elementary School Counseling
  • Advanced Internship in Elementary School Counseling​​

Secondary School Counseling Track

  • Issues in Secondary School Counseling
  • Internship in Secondary School Counseling
  • Advanced Internship in Secondary School Counseling

PK-12 Guidance Counseling Track

  • Issues in Elementary School Counseling
  • Issues in Secondary School Counseling
  • Internship in Elementary OR Secondary School Counseling
  • Advanced Internship in Elementary OR Secondary School Counseling

Students who do not have a teaching certificate must take Practicum I and Practicum II. Nebraska residents without a teaching certificate will also be required to complete nine additional hours of selected education coursework to meet Nebraska Board of Education endorsement requirements, including:

  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment I
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment II
  • School Culture


Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Admissions Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 3.0 GPA
  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement on why you want to be a school counselor
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & universities attended
  • Resume
  • Personal interview (may be conducted virtually)
  • Notarized Felony Conviction and Mental Statement
  • Completion of successful background check
  • International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements
  • International applicants who are formally admitted must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office

Tuition & Scholarships


2017-18 special tuition rate: $545 per credit hour
This does not include fees, books or other expenses.


Creighton offers generous Ignatian Leader-Scholar awards for graduate students in the school counseling master’s degree program who work in PK-12 schools. By completing your application for admission, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship.

The information contained in your admissions file will be used to determine your scholarship. Scholarships will be based on experience, academic record, recommendations and your brief personal essay that states your professional goals and your reasons for seeking a Creighton degree in School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health, especially in light of the University’s and Education Department’s mission.

Special scholarship consideration will be given to Catholic school educators. Scholarships are renewable based on performance in the master’s degree program.

For questions, contact lindsayjohnson [at] creighton [dot] edu (Lindsay Johnson), Director of Graduate Recruitment, at 402.280.2703.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important Dates and Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
March 31

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps

Applicants to the Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. This program is dedicated to the formation of enthusiastic, faith-filled and highly motivated teachers in direct service to Catholic schools across the greater Midwest. Magis is a two-year experience built upon three pillars:

  • Community – Teachers continue the sense of community fostered in college by living together on campus during the summer and in small communities throughout the school year.
  • Spirituality – Teachers are encouraged to grow in their faith through ongoing formation and practice of Ignatian spirituality.
  • Professionalism – While teaching for two years in Catholic schools, teachers are required to develop as professional educators by completing a rigorous master’s program.

Students accepted into the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps program receive a monthly stipend, fully subsidized tuition and fees, medical insurance, housing and summer meals. Magis teachers may also be eligible for student loan deferment or forgiveness. Learn more about Magis here.

Admissions Requirements for Magis Catholic Teacher Corps

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Resume in PDF format
  • Video introduction & statement of purpose
  • Three essays (academics, community, spirituality)
  • Four letters of recommendation (supervisor, professor, peer, spiritual mentor)
  • Official transcripts
  • Professional exams may be required
  • Notarized Waiver & Release form
  • Notarized Letter of Intent form
  • Approximate Costs form

Learn more about admissions requirements here.

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