Counseling MSEd

Our Counseling master's program prepares graduates to successfully serve mental health centers, schools, recovery centers and universities in the region and beyond.

What You'll Study

Our counseling graduate program seeks to meet the Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Student Affairs & College Counseling needs of northeastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and other areas of the state/country.

Our program is exemplified by the quality and diversity of classroom instruction, field experiences, program options, students, faculty and the outstanding reputation of graduates in the community. We have a strong connection with alumni, program supervisors, agencies and schools, and community leaders who support the profession of counseling in the Youngstown area.

Master’s students will find a unique educational experience that prepares them for employment and/or advanced study in Counseling.


You can earn your Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling through one of the four areas.

Program Overview
Admission Requirements

  • Addiction Counseling MSEd

    The Addiction Counseling program prepares you to work in different community settings such as recovery centers, community mental health centers, hospitals, employee assistance programs and private practices.

    In this program, you'll focus on all areas of addiction including drug and alcohol, gambling, sexual and other process addictions. Also, you'll learn to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders using a variety of interventions and methods. Lastly, you'll satisfy the educational portion of the requirements for Professional Counselor and Professional Clinical Counselor licensure by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board after completing the program.


  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling MSEd

    You'll learn ways to facilitate client growth and wellness and how to help people live optimally as they move through developmental changes. The program's 600-hour internship component provides valuable hands-on experience as well.

    You'll have the opportunity to pursue Ohio Professional Counselor licensure and Professional Clinical Counselor licensure. If you seek counselor licensure in other states, such as Pennsylvania, you'll have the responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements of those states.

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares you to work with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, addiction centers, employee assistance programs and private practices.


  • School Counseling MSEd

    Broaden your understanding of the impact of poverty and culture on disenfranchised populations through the School Counseling program's urban focus.

    You'll meet the education requirements for school counselor licensure in the state of Ohio after completing the program. Passing the School Counseling specialty portion of the Praxis Exam for the State of Ohio or any other required standardized testing is also required.

    Students seeking school counselor licensure/certification in other states have the responsibility of ensuring the requirements of those particular states are met.


  • College Counseling and Student Affairs MSEd

    In this program, you'll gain an understanding of student affairs and college counseling history and research, college student development theory, legal and ethical issues, college student diversity, current issues, administrative and leadership components, assessment practices and an understanding of the dynamic nature of higher education.

    You'll participate in experiential activities, a practicum and an internship in a college or university setting in Northeast Ohio or Western Pennsylvania to apply what you study in the classroom to a real work setting.

    Graduates from the Counseling and Student Affairs program pursue careers as professionals at college and universities across the country. Recent graduates have found employment opportunities as academic advisors, career services coordinators, international recruiters, residence directors, area coordinators, directors of residence life, directors of student activities and faculty members.

    You can pursue either a licensure or non-licensure track in the program.


    More Information


The following are core counselor education program faculty:
Kristin L. Bruns, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Emily Herman McMillan, Ph.D., Lecturer
Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D., Professor
Kenneth L. Miller, Ph.D., Professor
Jake J. Protivnak, Ph.D., Professor


Internships and Jobs


  • Belmont Pines
  • Youngstown City Schools
  • Insight Clinical Counseling & Wellness
  • Alta Behavioral Healthcare
  • Western Reserve/Austintown Local Schools


  • Mahoning County Juvenile Court
  • PsyCare
  • School and Family Solutions
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Compass Family Center

One More Thing

The YSU Counseling program has surpassed my educational expectations. Although the program's accredited curriculum has been rigorous and challenging for me at times, I now hold a stronger value of my academic experiences, as I feel I have significantly developed as a person and future counseling professional.”

Counseling Student