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Why Pursue an MEd in School Counseling?

The Master of Education in School Counseling provides the foundation for graduates to become certified school counselors in Texas (with two years of teaching experience at the time of application for state certification). Additionally, this program provides a diploma and transcripts specifying students’ training and specialty in school counseling. A variety of career opportunities are available upon graduation and state certification in education, non-profit, private, state, and federal sectors.

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Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

School Counseling (MEd)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 600 TOEFL Paper / 100 TOEFL Internet / 7 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Letters of Recommendation 3 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

School Counseling (MEd)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
International March 15 September 1 Not Available
Domestic March 15 September 1 Not Available

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


The majority of courses are offered in the evenings one night a week from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM at the Downtown Campus.

  • Creative interventions relative to relationship issues, grief and loss
  • Comprehensive school guidance and counseling program effectiveness
  • Multicultural issues in counseling
  • Behavioral health issues
  • Brief family consultation
  • Creative approaches to school guidance and counseling services
  • On-line counseling
  • Addictions
  • Suicidality
  • Crisis intervention
  • Child abuse and other  trauma
  • Legal and ethical issues in school counseling
  • Injurious behaviors

Graduate Advisor of Record

Brenda Jones, PhD

210-458-2600

brenda.jones@utsa.edu