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While Northeast Ohio has several different universities/programs for individuals to choose to obtain their master’s degree, we believe the Youngstown State University Counseling Program provides a unique educational experience and remarkable value for all students. The following are reasons YSU should be your first choice for the program to obtain your Master’s Degree in Counseling from Youngstown State University:

Nationally Recognized Outstanding Counseling Program Award

  • Robert F. Frank Award in 2003 and 2015 from the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Innovative Counselor Education Program Award, 2014

Nationally Accredited and Approved Program in Ohio

  • Accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) since 1984. 
  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
  • Approved by the Ohio Department of Education

Consistent Excellence for over 40 years

  • Over 1500 Counseling Program graduates who have helped meet the mental health, school counseling, and student affairs needs of Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania since 1968.

In-House Counseling Clinic

  • The program is housed in the Beeghly College of Education on the Youngstown State University campus with state-of-the-art technology in computer labs and classrooms.  The Community Counseling Clinic provides students with a live-supervision experience counseling clients from the surrounding area.

Preparation for Licensure Exam

  • YSU students have an excellent pass rate on the Professional Counselor state licensure exam – NCE and the School Counseling Praxis exam.
  • Field experiences to work with clients/students early in the Counseling Program

Selective Admissions Process

  • 1:10 Faculty to Student Ratio; Small class sizes

Active Counseling Program Student Groups

  • Chi Sigma Iota (Honor Society for Professional Counselors)
    • Eta Chapter has received seven national awards since 2003.
  • SALSA (Student Affairs Leadership Support Association)

Opportunities and Funding for Students to Conduct and Present Research with Faculty

  • Student Receive Funding to Present at Conferences
  • Excellent preparation for doctoral study

Nationally Recognized Faculty

  • Faculty author peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books; grants; and present papers at state, national, and international conferences
  • Faculty appointed to serve as state and national leaders:
    • Chair, Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board;
    • President (s) of Chi Sigma Iota - International; Ohio Counseling Association; Ohio Association for Multicultural Issues in Counseling; Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values in Counseling; and Eastern Ohio Counselors Association
  • Faculty recognized with national, state, and local awards for teaching, research, and mentorship

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

  • Assistantships Provide a Tuition Waiver and a Stipend; Approx. 25% of counseling masters students have graduate assistantships
  • Scholarships Available

Dr. Victoria Kress with a counseling student at an awards banquet.

Choose Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is one of the safest campuses among Ohio’s state universities. The publication ‘Your Right to Know’ provides campus safety information. The Counseling Program is located on the 3rd Floor of Beeghly College of Education (campus map) with parking conveniently available directly across the street. 

Youngstown State University has the lowest tuition of any of the state schools in Ohio.  Graduate students from outside of Ohio, but live in the Regional Service areas, pay the same low tuition as in-state students, plus a service charge of $150.12.  YSU's Regional Service Areas include the following:

  • Alleghany, PA
  • Armstrong, PA
  • Beaver, PA
  • Butler, PA
  • Clarion, PA
  • Crawford, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Fayette, PA
  • Forest, PA
  • Greene, PA
  • Indiana, PA
  • Jefferson, PA
  • Lawrence, PA
  • Mercer, PA
  • Venango, PA
  • Warren, PA
  • Washington, PA
  • Westmoreland, PA
  • Brooke, WV
  • Hancock, WV
  • Marshall, WV
  • Ohio County, WV
  • Chautauqua, NY

Youngstown State University Counseling Program is a significant value for both in-state and out-of-state students.  See the Graduate Tuition Estimator and financial aid for more information.

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