School Counseling - Online and Distance Education

School Counseling

Master's Degrees | School Counseling

School Counseling

Entrance Exam: GRE, MAT

Adopting the School-College-Community Collaboration Model, we prepare students to work as school counselors. Graduates of the program acquire the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K–12 students. In addition to the traditional core on developmental theory and the design and implementation of preventive interventions based on this theory, our master’s program focuses on clinical counseling theory and practice. Another major focus is our commitment to multicultural diversity, which is reflected in the required coursework and in the faculty-student community.

Founded in 1946, the Counselor Education Program at North Carolina State University has had a long and rich history of contributing to the needs of North Carolina and the nation.

In the design of the curriculum and throughout each course, the student’s competence in theory and practice is important. Students participate in individualized field experiences appropriate to their area of study in settings on and away from campus.

In light of our commitment to multicultural diversity, we are particularly interested in attracting students from culturally-diverse backgrounds. In recent years, we have increased the proportion of culturally-different students from less than 5% to almost 20% of our degree candidates. Our curriculum content acknowledges the significance of cross-cultural perspectives in counseling theory, research and practice.

Visit the College of Education program website for more information.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.


Applicants must submit:

  • Completed online application, the departmental application form, your resume and non-refundable application fee
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • 3 recommendations from people who know your academic record and potential for graduate study (letters should be uploaded online)
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • **Official statement of English Proficiency (TOEFL) for international students
  • Students who apply to the online option must reside in North Carolina

Selection for admission is based on a number of considerations:

  1. Academic achievement, especially in the junior and senior undergraduate years, as well as performance in any graduate courses, is carefully evaluated for evidence of competence in intellectual inquiry.
  1. Performance ratings and recommendations from professors and supervisory personnel are also carefully examined for evidence of personal qualities requisite for professional competence.
  1. Demonstrated leadership activity and/or significant work experience represent additional important factors.
  1. Interview process –candidates are selected to be interviewed, barring significant geographical distances.
  1. Other additional materials are also welcome to supplement the application – such as a research paper, a video of some “helping” activity by the candidate, etc.

Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the Graduate School Priority Deadlines or the Program Deadlines.  International students should also consider their specific deadline, whichever is earlier.

**Request the test center to send your scores directly to NC State when taking the exam: GRE/TOEFL Institution code 5496. Upload unofficial copy when submitting application.


The master's degree in Counselor Education requires 60 credits. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $27,720 for North Carolina residents and $78,660 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The online option is a three-year, part-time cohort program that requires students to take courses year-round including summer. Students begin in Summer II (June), and typically take two online classes in fall and in spring. During the final year, some on-campus (weekend) classes are required.

Career Prospects

Completion of a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education is the first step to becoming licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina. Students are eligible to take licensing exams in their field during the final semester of the program.