Master of Education in Counseling and Development

The mission of the Counseling and Development Program at Winthrop University is to provide an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for the professional development of school and clinical mental health counselors who are committed to the skill sets and best practice in their roles as clinicians, advocates, and consultants.

The program strives to prepare culturally competent, culturally sensitive, and ethical counselors to work effectively in a technological and pluralistic society. The faculty designs and delivers academic and clinical experiences for all our students in ways that recognize, respect, and value the diversity of students' backgrounds, characteristics, beliefs, and abilities. 

To learn more about the online program, visit our Online Master of Education in Counseling and Development webpage.

Graduate Program Co-Directors: 

Dr. Beth Costner

Dr. Patricia Arter

Why Winthrop?

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On-Site Clinics

Students have opportunities to practice skills and interventions through on-site counseling clinics.

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State Certification

In all 50 states, graduates are compatible with state certification in school counseling, national counselor certification, and state licensure for professional counselors.

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      Clinical mental health counselors work in diverse settings such as: mental health, substance abuse, employee assistance programs, college counseling and career planning, and private practice settings.

      There are no prerequisites to enter the program.

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 60

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration)

      School counselors provide effective psychological and behavioral interventions to support academic, career, and personal/social. The school counseling concentration program prepares graduates to work as counselors in public and private P-12 school settings.

      There are no prerequisites to enter the program.

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 60

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (School Counseling Concentration)

    M.Ed. in Counseling and Development Application Deadline: December 15 for summer admission only

    Application requirements for the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development program include:

    • The online Graduate Studies application and non-refundable application fee.

    • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework.

      • Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate Studies office from the issuing institution(s).

    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

    • Three professional recommendations - you will be required to provide the names and e-mail addresses of your three individuals in the online admissions application. These three individuals will then receive an e-mail asking them to complete the online recommendation form.  

    • Official Test scores*

      • Graduate Record Examination score of 146 on the Verbal Reasoning section and 140 on the Quantitative Reasoning section are preferred, OR

      • Miller Analogies Test (scale score of 392 preferred).

    *The GRE/MAT testing requirement is waived if the undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0, or a previous graduate degree has been earned.

    • Resume.

    • A brief statement of purpose articulating your reasons for pursuing a master's in counseling and why you are a good fit for the field of counseling (1-2 pages).

    • Background check - Submit a complete background check through the following vendor: S2VERIFY Background Check.


Beyond Graduation

"The Counseling and Development program at Winthrop has been everything I’ve wanted and more from a graduate program. After teaching for three years, I thought I wanted to transition to counseling and after my first class at Winthrop, I knew I had made the right choice in schools. The professors are always available to provide honest, useful feedback, and I have gained a lot from their wisdom."


This program provides a background in and leadership to prepare you for a variety of counseling roles. Our graduates are equipped for positions that include:

  • College Counseling

  • Career Planning

  • Substance Abuse Counselor

  • Mental Health Advocate

  • Clinical Social Worker

  • Marriage and Family Therapist



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