Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree

Two concentrations are available in the master’s degree programs in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in a variety of community mental health settings including counseling agencies, business and industry, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, court systems, and other settings in which counseling or other mental health services are offered. The School Counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in public, charter, parochial, and private schools (pre-K through 12th grade). 


Prospective master’s degree students must meet the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must present scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that were earned in the last five years. Master’s degree applicants are considered based on criteria developed and published by the faculty. To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant must have an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.50. Presentation of the minimum undergraduate grade-point average does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on all criteria considered in relationship to the need of the program and number of students who can be reasonably accommodated. Applicants who present undergraduate grade-point averages that are lower than those listed above may be considered for admission, pending the evaluation of other indicators.

Program of Study

Students in the program complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Counseling.

The minimum total semester credits required for the M.Ed. program is 60. Master’s degree programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Programs include 36 counseling core credits, six counseling emphasis area credits, six counseling elective credits, three credits in research, and nine credits in field work.

Retention Standards

Students admitted to the master’s degree program in Counseling must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better before they may enroll in the next course for which that course is a prerequisite: EDGC 6430, 6440, and 6896. Master’s degree students will be dismissed for any of the following academic reasons: they accumulate six or more hours of grades lower than B in graduate coursework required in their programs of study or their cumulative UNO graduate grade-point average for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring, or spring and fall) is below 3.0.

Transfer of Credit

A student, with approval from the major professor and the department, may transfer six semester credits of graduate credit in which grades of B or better were earned that were taken in residence at another university outside the UL System or as many as 12 semester credits of graduate credit taken within the UL System. These transfer hours may be included in the program of study. Transfer credits, as well as all credits earned toward the degree, must have been taken within the eight years prior to graduation. Credit for individual courses taken more than eight years before the completion of the degree may be validated by the student’s major professor upon demonstration that the student has current knowledge covered in the course.

Comprehensive Examination

Master’s degree students must pass a comprehensive examination, which must be taken near the end of the student’s degree program. The examination covers all of the core areas of the student’s field of study.