Counseling, Master of Arts

Program Description

A 60-hour CACREP-accredited program that prepares you to become an applied counseling practitioner with a unique educational developmental orientation to work with adults and children in social, mental health, and human service agencies.

You can enroll in this program at our Flagstaff, Phoenix, or Tucson campuses.

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As a student in the MA Counseling program, you’ll take courses, do fieldwork, and participate in practica and internships that will prepare you to be a general practitioner in social, mental health, or human resource agency settings.

Upon obtaining your degree, you’ll be prepared to provide counseling services in the following areas:

  • human growth and development
  • social and cultural foundations
  • helping relationships
  • career and lifestyle development
  • research and program evaluation

Our department stresses two important areas of focus:

  • training of professionals to have specialized expertise in rural and ethnocultural areas
  • development of skills in structuring interagency partnership that connect at-risk children, youth, and families with comprehensive human services to support success in schools

This program meets the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) coursework requirements of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and for national counselor certification of the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Northern Arizona University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Initially accredited in November 1998, our current accreditation runs through March 31, 2022. 

Read about CACREP outcomes

In the 2014-2015 academic year, there were seventeen (17) graduates of Northern Arizona University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.  Twelve (12) persons completed their degree requirements on the main campus in Flagstaff and five (5) were students in the Tucson based program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the NCE exam, with an overall success rate for first time test takers at 100% for this past year.  Of the persons who graduated, 96% completed the program within the expected time period and 82% of those program graduates were employed in their field within 3 months of graduation.

Graduation Rates

Application Due Date

Flagstaff Location

  • Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made once each year for the program.
  • All application materials must be received by the Educational Psychology Department by February 15.
  • Applications will be reviewed and admission notifications are sent to students by approximately April 1. 
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed. 

Phoenix and Tucson locations

  • Application deadline dates vary for MA Counseling programs at sites other than Flagstaff. Please check the EPS program admissions and deadlines regarding the application deadline for the next cohort.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.

Advocacy Projects

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Testimonials, Internship Partners, FAQ and Graduates' Employment Rates

Practicum and Internship Manuals and Forms for Masters Candidates

Please visit our forms page for the practicum and internship manuals and forms.

Mission and Objectives

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Mission Statement for the EPS CACREP-Accredited Programs

The mission of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited masters programs is to prepare professional counselors who meet national standards of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as state counseling licensure or certification in their specialty area.  Our programs are designed to be comprehensive in nature and to focus on the development of evidence-based counseling practice in a variety of settings and with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Objectives for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Programs

Successful completion of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Education in School Counseling prepares students to:

  1. Become familiar with the requirements for being a professional counselor, including the relevant research and literature pertinent to the discipline.
  2. Become familiar with and knowledgeable about the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  3. Develop a thorough understanding of knowledge and competencies related to issues and trends in a multicultural and pluralistic society, and to effectively demonstrate multicultural counseling competencies.
  4. Demonstrate effective counseling skills.
  5. Become familiar with studies in group dynamics and to demonstrate effective group counseling skills.
  6. Understand major theories of career development and related life factors, and to demonstrate effective career counseling skills.
  7. Develop an understanding of assessment processes, and to demonstrate skills in individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  8. Become familiar with research, statistics, and program evaluation as they apply to the practice of counseling.
  9. Develop a clear sense of professional identity in counseling, which includes professional ethics, legal responsibilities, professional preparation standards, participating in professional organizations, and obtaining necessary credentials.
  10. Acquire knowledge about counseling supervision, and to experience peer, site supervisor and faculty supervision that allow students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired to practice.
  11. Experience continuous course-related and overall program-related feedback to enhance their professional development as they become professional counselors.
  12. Acquire knowledge and skills related to the ways that counselors use a variety of technologies designed to assist students, clients, and the systems they work within.
  13. Acquire knowledge related to the professional identity, roles, and functions of professional counselors.
  14. Practice ongoing assessment of one's own skills, strengths, weaknesses, professional and personal development as related to counseling professional identity, counseling ethics, and the principles of ethics of client autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, and fidelity.

Program Policies

Credit transfer and GPA policies: Visit the Graduate College website for more information about these policies.

Programs of Study & Course Sequences

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The program of study is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation.

The original, signed program of study should be given to the Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.

Amendments to your program of study can be made with your adviser’s approval.

Some of your courses may have prerequisites you must meet before enrolling. Find more information in the academic catalog.

Clinical Hours

View the clinical hours table to find out how many hours are required in clinical, testing, and intervention counseling classes.

The timeline policy for a master’s degree can be viewed through the Graduate College. 

Related Forms

EPS Course Offerings by Semester

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Counseling, Master of Arts Program of Studies - CURRENT

Program of Studies Worksheet

Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure Guidelines 

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Students in this Master’s program should follow the professional code of ethics and certification/licensure guidelines established by the following organizations:

National Board for Certified Counselors
American Counseling Association
Board of Behavioral Health Examiners - State of Arizona 
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs 

Counseling Program Faculty

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Dr. Pit Kolodinsky, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 928-523-8495

Dr. Kendra Surmitis, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 928-523-7103

Dr. Y. Evie Garcia, Associate Professor
Phone: 928-523-7106

Dr. Susan Longerbeam, Associate Professor
Phone: 928-523-8800

Dr. Eugene Moan, Professor
Phone: 928-523-9604

Dr. Timothy Thomason, Professor
Phone: 928-523-1341

Phoenix (North Valley)

Dr. Steven Farmer, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Mental Health Program Coordinator
Phone: 602-776-4646

Dr. Patricia Young, Assistant Clinical Professor, School Counseling Program Coordinator
Phone:  602-776-4673


Dr. Joyce DeVoss, Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 520-879-7940

Dr. Saumya Arora, Assistant Clinical Professor

Academic Catalog Listing

See the NAU Academic Catalog for official details on this degree, including: 

  • Career opportunities for graduates with this degree
  • Admission requirements
  • Course listing
  • Campuses that offer this degree

Counseling, Master of Arts