» Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

Our masters in school counseling provides training for candidates who wish to work as professional school counselors from preschool through high school. The school counseling program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including college and career guidance, mental health counseling, student social and emotional support, and consultation with teachers and parents.

The program builds on the mission of the College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and reflective school counselors who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities, and institutions. Chapman's masters in school counseling curriculum is built on the American School Counselor Association's National Model of school counseling as well as eight "big ideas." These include:

  • Collaboration
  • Cultural Competence
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Self-reflection and tolerance for complexity and ambiguity
  • Commitment to service and advocacy
  • Building solutions for children through an appreciation of their strengths and resources
  • Understanding children both as individuals and as participants in systems

+ - Admission requirements

  • Submit an online application
  • A statement of intent, the prompt can be found within the application.
  • A current resume or vita that includes information on experiences working with children and/or families.
  • One set of official transcripts from all institutions the applicant has received (or will be receiving) a degree from.
  • Official GRE Scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be from someone who has experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential. The second recommendation should be from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate works with children.
  • Please note that the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is not required for admission to the School Counseling program however admitted students will be required to turn in documentation of having passed the CBEST before beginning practicum fieldwork
  • $60 application fee.

The early action deadline to submit an application for Summer 2016 cohort is January 8, 2016

Complete applications must be submitted in order to receive full consideration; a complete application includes the Graduate Admission application and all supporting documents listed above.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

+ - Program at a Glance

  • Cohort model with entry each fall semester.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and faculty on professional training, research, publications, and presentations.
  • A 51 unit program that can be completed in 2 years of full time study or 3 years of part time study.
  • 200 hours of practica and 600 hours of internship for a total of 800 hours of fieldwork.
  • Students also earn the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling at the same time as the Master of Arts in Counseling.
  • Option for an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling, which fulfills the educational requirements for the California license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
  • Student organization is the Chapman University Association of School Counselors

+ - Program Director & Faculty

Dr. John Brady is a professor in the school counseling and school psychology programs at Chapman University and is the coordinator of the school counseling graduate program. Prior to teaching at the university, he served for twenty-seven years as a school psychologist and special education administrator and a counselor in private practice. Dr Brady's interests lie in the development of collaborative problem solving skills for school consultants. He has been a member of the CASP board for the past eight years, first as a regional representative, then as the secretary/treasurer and as of July the 2009-2010 president of CASP.


+ - Contact Us

Dr. John Brady

Hilary Leath
Administrative Assistant
(714) 744-2142

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Sasha Lo

Sasha Lo School Counseling student

"I chose Chapman University because I had heard from several school counseling professionals that the program is highly regarded and because of the option to pursue a Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) emphasis.

The program prepares and trains through both theory and practice: our classes establish a solid foundation of counseling knowledge and skills, while our fieldwork hours offer real experience in the profession. Professors have challenged me to grow both professionally and personally, and for my assignments and fieldwork, they provide personalized feedback that highlight my areas of strength and improvement. Projects are collaborative, interesting, and relevant; for example, in my first year I had the opportunity to research and write about resiliency in women living with paralysis and school interventions for cyberbullying. Last but not least, through the cohort model I have built meaningful relationships that will last through not only my profession but also my lifetime!"

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