Earn your master degree in Counseling from Louisiana State University Shreveport, a program designed to develop professional counselors.
Prepare for professional counseling careers and doctoral study in the Master of Science in Counseling program at LSU Shreveport. Emphasizing counseling skills and theory, the master’s degree program includes the academic requirements you need to be a licensed professional counselor in the state of Louisiana.
LSUS is accredited by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the most prestigious national accreditation body for counseling graduate programs. LSUS’ College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This is important, because most jobs require graduate degrees from accredited universities, and some states offer special consideration to graduates of NCATE-accredited programs when they apply for state certification as school counselors. At LSUS, you’ll also find unique opportunities to work in the field and conduct research, and a level of personal interaction with faculty you won’t find in many graduate programs.
The second year of the master’s in counseling program includes practicum and internship opportunities that provide hands-on clinical experience. Some counseling courses include a self-assessment of wellness which is conducted by each student at the beginning and again at the end of the courses. There are also training opportunities for site supervisors, such as the Chi Sigma Iota mixers with site supervisors and PTSD workshops facilitated by licensed professional counselors.
“Many of the assignments in my classes required deep introspection and provided enormous benefit toward increasing self-awareness, benefiting my personal growth and preparing me for the challenging work of being a counselor. The openness of being able to choose topics of interest for assignments was a great fit for me, as it allowed me to research areas about which I am truly passionate. As a result, my research on integrating yoga with treating female trauma survivors invited me the opportunity to participate in presenting at the annual LCA conference. I was also fortunate to be hired as a student worker in the counseling office on campus. During my time as a student worker, working under great leadership meant that opportunities for professional growth were continually present.”Angie Pellerin (M.S. in Counseling, 2016)
Two Master of Science in Counseling graduate students recently took a 10-day course abroad in Italy. The course was sponsored by Old Dominion University.
LSUS master’s in counseling students have scored higher than the national average on their GSA comps (from the National Board of Counselors) – an exam based on the national counselor exam for state licensure. One of our students made an almost perfect score!
Professional counselors practice in a variety of settings in which counseling or other mental health services are offered, including: