The University of Alaska graduate counseling program prepares students to become culturally responsive, effective counseling practitioners through course work and supervised internship experiences that emphasize an ecological perspective. Students who complete the school counseling track, a 48-credit-hour program, are eligible to be certified as school counselors in Alaska. Students who complete the clinical mental health counseling track, a 60-credit-hour program, are eligible for licensure as professional counselors with additional post-degree requirements. Students who complete this track are eligible to work in community and mental health agencies or as private clinicians once licensed. Students who complete either program track through distance education must complete a summer-intensive during COUN F674 on the Fairbanks campus.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has granted accreditation to the following programs in the UAF School of Education counseling program: clinical mental health counseling (M.Ed.) and school counseling (M.Ed.).
Minimum Requirements for Counseling Master's Degree: 48-60 credits
School Counselor certification: 39-42 credits
Learn more about the master’s degree in counseling, including an overview of the program, career opportunities and more.