Through the master’s program in Counseling, you will learn from a supportive faculty and gain practical experience in a diverse, urban setting. Choose from among three different emphasis areas to match your learning experiences to your interests

Master of Arts in Counseling

With an emphasis on individual and cultural diversity and social justice, we prepare students for careers in counseling tailored to their individual interests.  Those earning MA degrees in Counseling find employment in a variety of settings, including colleges, community-based mental health facilities, independent practice, the court system, and PK-12 schools.  Graduates also enter doctoral programs in counseling-related areas.

What will the program look like?

All students in the program complete 39 credit hours of core courses and 15-21 additional credit hours in their areas of emphasis. The core courses provide students with a strong skill set and theoretical foundation, while the emphasis area courses provide specialization skills. Our students are trained to become competent counseling practitioners who are eligible for licensure or certification in Missouri, Kansas and other states.

The Counseling program requires students be available to complete two consecutive semesters of practicum (10 hours per week) and two consecutive semesters of internship (17 hours per week). A special feature of our program is our in-house clinic serving the surrounding community. Students in the couples and family and mental health emphasis areas complete their practicum training at the Community Counseling and Assessment Services. School emphasis practica are completed in K-12 schools in the region.

Please note that the vast majority of internships occur during regular business hours. A full-time student can usually complete the degree in 2 ½ – 3 years.

Emphasis Areas

Couples and Family
  • Learn to understand family dynamics and relationship systems
  • Be prepared to work therapeutically with couples and families in varied family life cycles
Mental Health
  • Provide psycho-educational and strengths-based counseling to meet the mental health needs of diverse clients
School Counseling
  • Apply for practicum and internship placements in diverse school settings in the Metro area
  • Begin working at a school site under provisional certification
  • Create an electronic portfolio to use throughout your career

Program Faculty

Application Deadlines

  • Couples and Family and Mental Health: March 1 for Fall entry; September 1 for Spring entry
  • School Counseling: School Counseling applications are accepted and reviewed year-round. It is recommended all application materials be submitted at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to enroll

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the online UMKC Graduate Application.
  2. Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution showing the awarding of an undergraduate degree. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically to the Office Admissions, either through transfer from your academic institution or through secured email (
  3. Submit additional materials as indicated in the Application Packet Cover Sheet (PDF), including a cover page, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. These materials are sent to:

Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology
215 Education Building
615 E 52nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

Questions about the application process can be directed to the Counseling and Educational Psychology Division Office: 816-235-2492, or

Please Note: We do not provide feedback to applicants about their application materials or the interview process. Admission to UMKC does not guarantee admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Program.