UVM's nationally recognized Counseling Program offers a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling. Students can choose to study School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or elect to enroll in the Dual Option, in which they complete the requirements for both specialty areas.

Our Two Programs and Dual Option

The School Counseling program is a 60-credit-hour, CACREP-accredited program, and is typically completed in 2 years of full-time study for most students (including summers).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 60-credit-hour, CACREP-accredited program which typically can be completed in 2 years of full-time study (including summers) for most students.

The Dual Option is 76-credit hours and typically completed in 3 years, and also entails summer study. Students who enroll in the Dual Option complete all of the requirements of the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.

All of these programs have a required internship in a practice setting.

Program of Study

The Program of Study (see Handbooks & Forms) is a document that outlines program requirements and courses that are necessary for graduation. This document, drafted by each student and his/her faculty advisor, prepares students to meet the educational portion of licensure and all graduation requirements, taking into account the student's needs and circumstances.

Full-Time, Half-Time, or Part-Time Study

Students can elect to study full-, half-, or part-time in the Counseling Program. According to Graduate College policy, students enrolled in full-time studies are expected to take at least 9 credit hours of classes per semester; students considered half-time take 5-8 credits per semester; and students who enroll in 4 or fewer credits per semester are considered part-time students.

Financial Aid

Federal guidelines for financial aid dictate that students must be enrolled in at least 5 credits per semester to qualify for federal financial aid. Students who are not enrolled in classes for more than two subsequent semesters will be considered inactive. Students who wish to return to the Counseling Program after being on deactivation status will need to complete a Reactivation Form (see Graduate College - Resources) and petition the Counseling Program Coordinator.