School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health (Master of Science)

Program Availability

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

When you pursue an MS in school counseling, you’ll study a range of key issues and receive personalized attention from Creighton’s established education department and its faculty. Most of our faculty are full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty and are experts in the field. You may specialize in one of the following:

  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • PK-12 guidance counseling

Designed to fit easily into your busy schedule, this 2-year program includes 8-week online courses and a 9-month internship.


Students who obtain a master’s degree in school counseling and preventive mental health are usually employed by school systems.


  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • PK-12 guidance counseling

What You'll Learn

  • The physical, psychological and social aspects of human development
  • Specialized knowledge in your chosen area of elementary, secondary or PK-12 school guidance counseling


Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 3.0 GPA are required for admission to this program. Your application should include:

  1. Completed application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Three letters of recommendation, to be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are capable of assessing your performance in an academic or work setting
  3. Writing Sample: a personal statement on why you would like to be a counselor
  4. Official transcripts: from all colleges/universities attended
  5. Resume
  6. Personal Interview (may be conducted virtually)
  7. PDF iconFelony Conviction and Mental Statement: Completed and notarized
  8. Background Check: All prospective students are expected to successfully pass a background check before being admitted to the department.
  9. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  International applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT).  International applicants who received their baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only) are NOT required to submit a TOEFL score report.

Application due date: March 31 for cohort beginning June.

Tuition & Scholarships


$545 per credit hour, 2016-2017 rate, plus university and technology fees. By completing your application for admission, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Special consideration will be given to Catholic school educators. See below.


Creighton offers generous Ignatian Leader-Scholar awards for graduate students in the educational leadership 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 and 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 Lindsay Johnson, Director of Graduate Recruitment, at 402.280.2703 or LindsayJohnson [at] creighton [dot] edu.

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