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Master of Arts in Counseling

The counseling profession helps people to become self-aware, growth-oriented and effective in mastering the challenges of life. Counselors - as skilled, perceptive, broadly educated professionals - assist clients in identifying areas for improvement and in carrying out changes that promote life fulfillment. Drawing upon a foundation of research and theory in philosophy, psychology and education, counselors use therapeutic skills and consultation techniques with both individuals and groups. In any setting, the goal of counseling is to help people expand their potential, facilitate development and live more satisfying and productive lives.

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In order to prepare students for this difficult task, the master’s degree programs in counseling at Oakland University set forth curricula designed to foster both personal development and the acquisition of a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Initial courses introduce the theoretical and professional components of the field. Later courses emphasize research and clinical skills. In practicum and internship, students are supervised intensively as they apply their knowledge and skills in courses that use on-campus laboratory facilities and approved field training sites. Students select a degree in either (a) mental health or (b) school counseling:

Oakland’s programs have been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1994.

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Application Deadlines

  • M.A. applicants (September start) – April 1
  • M.A. applicants (January start) – October 1
Admissions Requirements
  • Applications are submitted online with Graduate Admissions.
  • supplemental application may be required for your program.
  • You must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended. If you are a United States active duty service member or veteran, you should also include your military transcript.
  • International applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 visa must also complete and submit the International Student Supplemental Application Packet and specified support documents.

Submit official transcripts to

  • Oakland University 
    Graduate Admissions
    520 O’Dowd Hall 
    586 Pioneer Drive 
    Rochester, MI 48309-4482

Additional Information

Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450J
456 Pioneer Dr.
456 Pioneer Dr., MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2018