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Counseling: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success.

At UDC, a shared multicultural perspective among students and faculty shapes the learning environment. Our students are acutely aware of the impact of health care disparities among lower income, minority populations. To that end, they often commit their careers to working with clients from underserved and underrepresented populations. Our students and faculty also embrace the approach of healing the whole person, their family and the community at large.

Master's Degree (MS) in Counseling

Helping people in need is one of the most rewarding—and challenging—responsibilities one can undertake. The master's degree in counseling from the University of the District of Columbia prepares you to assist individuals and groups from a range of ethnic, economic and cultural backgrounds, relating to their needs and empowering them to better live their lives.

Our program offers concentrations in school, mental health and rehabilitation counseling, with an emphasis on field experience, working with underserved populations and learning in a multicultural context.

The school counseling concentration is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and it also meets certification requirements of the District of Columbia Public Schools. 

UDC School Counseling (Concentration) Program Outcomes Report
Three students graduated last year from our CACREP-accredited school counseling concentration, and our program has a current enrollment of 18.

Since June, 2010, 86% of admitted students have graduated form the program in the expected time period, with more than half achieving passing rates on the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (NCPCE). Our graduates have been very successful in obtaining employment in school settings, with a 100% placement rate.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Counseling Program

For a full-time student, the 54 credit hour degree program takes approximately two years to complete. This includes:

  • Nine semester hours covering professional orientation, theoretical knowledge, research and evaluation
  • Nine hours of field experience
  • 30 hours of basic program requirements
  • A minimum of six hours of course electives.

Part-time study is also available, with most classes scheduled during the evening or weekend. Core courses include:

  • Counseling Philosophies
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Introduction to Research and Program Evaluation
  • Ethics, Legal & Legislative Issues
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Career Theories and Development
  • Appraisal Techniques in Counseling

You can select from three areas of specialization:

  • School counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Rehabilitation counseling

Your education includes field experience within your specialization. You will spend at least 20 hours per week on site at an elementary/middle/high school, mental health facility, rehabilitation center or other location. Field experiences are supervised and assessed to ensure students are effective practitioners.

  • Students enrolled in the school concentration may only participate in field experiences during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students enrolled in the mental health or rehabilitation concentrations may extend their field experience during the summer sessions, with faculty approval.

You must also complete a thesis project and take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Counseling Program

  • The Graduate Counseling Club organizes activities designed to enhance the professional identity of students as professional counselors, including Licensure Professional Counseling (LCP) post-graduate exam preparation, career planning and leadership opportunities.
  • Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for qualified graduate students, professional counselors and counselor educators that promotes scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy and excellence in counseling.
  • Students are encouraged to become student members of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Membership in ACA offers professional development and leadership opportunities as a professional counselor.
  • With faculty support and mentorship, you may seek internships at area schools and treatment facilities or pursue research projects.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Counseling Program

Career Pathways and Prospects

Over the past decade, students completing the master’s degree in counseling have taken one of several pathways:

  • Pursued licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in order to develop their own professional counseling practice
  • Received employment as a school counselor in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Entered a Ph.D. program in counseling, clinical psychology or school administration
  • Received a promotion within their current federal, state or private sector organization

Other settings where graduates may seek employment include:

  • Mental health agencies
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Substance abuse facilities
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Employment centers
  • Therapeutic group homes
  • Rehabilitation centers

Contact info:

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