School Counseling MS/CAS

Become a school counselor to proactively support children, teens and families. Work from a data-driven perspective to guide academic, career, social and emotional aspects of student success. Learn comprehensive strategies to develop, manage and evaluate methods of intervention to lead effective school counseling programming.

Quick Facts

Application Deadline February 1st

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 48-66

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


The school counseling program builds upon a core of psychological and educational foundations and specialization areas including counseling theory, group process, appraisal, and vocational development and decision-making.

At SUNY Oswego you will participate in supervised practice in individual and group counseling, field work consultation experiences and comprehensive professional services in school, college and social agency settings.

Elective courses, practice and field experiences can focus on a desired institutional placement such as elementary, middle, junior high and/or senior high school, college settings and agencies. Following admission, you will discuss the total program with your designated faculty advisor.

Practice and Field Experiences

Oswego offers experiences at places such as: elementary, middle, junior high and/or senior high school, college settings and agencies.


Graduates of this program will be eligible for initial New York State certification as a school counselor. Students in the master’s program can earn the certificate at the same time as their master’s, increasing employability upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

  • School counselor
  • School district personnel

The SUNY Oswego School Counseling Program prepared me for my experience as a School Counselor, making me both student centered and data driven.

Program Resources

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

GPA of at least 3.0

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.

GRE scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program. Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study. Speak to your department advisor about what GRE scores are acceptable to the program.

Statement of purpose

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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