Department of
Counselor Education


Clinical Counseling Program


Program Description

An exciting and fast-growing career within the mental health profession today is that of the professional counselor. The professional counselor has seen phenomenal growth and has had remarkable accomplishments in the past decade. The Clinical Counseling program at Emporia State University offers flexibility in preparing professional counselors for a variety of ever-changing careers in the mental health profession.

The Clinical Counseling program is at the forefront of meeting the future challenges in the mental health profession, satisfying the criteria for certification and licensure. Specific therapy and consultation careers provide individual group therapy in the areas of substance abuse, crisis intervention, marriage and family, children and adolescents, older adults, veterans, religious, employment, employee assistance, and career counseling - privately or within agencies.

Practical experience in a counseling setting is an essential part of our curriculum. Students are encouraged to obtain their counseling experience in a variety of settings suited to their career interests.

Our Clinical Counseling program is unique in that its 60 hours meet the core requirements of both Kansas and national certifying and licensing boards. In addition, the elective and clinical experiences allow for diverse interests. While some of the classes in the program are taught online, most of our classes are taught face to face in the classroom.



The curriculum is designed to meet national preparation standards. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body.


Length of Program

The Clinical Counseling program at ESU provides a logical and developmental course sequence for both full-time and part-time students. Students are encouraged to begin their coursework with several foundational courses that serve as pre-requisites for Practicum coursework.

See the Clinical Counseling Program of Study.


Admission Requirements

  1. Complete Graduate School Application.
  2. Complete Department of Counselor Education Graduate Student Application.
  3. Complete Confidentiality Form.
  4. Three department Reference Forms. If you are employed, a reference from your current or recent employer/supervisor is desired.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (280 verbal and math) or Miller Analogies Test (400).
  6. An overall 3.00 grade-point average on a four-point scale or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours for the undergraduate degree.
  7. A Bachelor's of Science, Bachelor's of Art, Bachelor's of Fine Arts, or Bachelor's of Science in Education degree.
  8. Personal interview with program faculty.


Degree Requirements

Degree Candidacy Requirements

Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of the master's degree after it is determined that all specified criteria have been met. Upon completion of six to twelve hours, students should make application for Degree Candidacy through their advisor. Requirements for degree candidacy are as follows:

  • Degree plan filed through student's advisor.
  • Maintain a B average with no grade lower than B in core courses.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete an approved program of study as developed and approved by your faculty advisor.
  2. Apply for degree candidacy.
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination (taken during the final semester of enrollment). Students need to sign-up for this examination during their final semester of internship. An alternative to the comprehensive examination is completion of a master’s level thesis.
  4. Complete an Intent to Graduate Form.


Contact Us

For more information, please call 620-341-5220 or email