Graduate Program: Counseling Master of Science in Education Counseling


Winner of the 2017 Leo G. Bent Award for Outstanding Professional Counseling Program in Illinois by the Illinois Counseling Association

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“The mission of the Quincy University Master of Science in Education in Counseling and College Student Personnel program is to train individuals to become competent professional counselors and/or college student personnel. The program facilitates personal and professional growth via a combination of academic rigor, experiential learning, personal and professional reflection, and service to the community. The program is committed to the development of counselors and college student personnel as ethical, reflective practitioners and Servant-Leaders, who exhibit an affinity for lifelong learning, a commitment to social justice, and an appreciation for the diverse world in which they live and practice.”

Classes normally meet one evening each week for three to four hours, and most students complete two courses each semester, including summer session. At this pace, you could expect to complete the program in approximately three years.

Areas of Concentration


Your Courses

The 60-credit hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling and 48-credit hour School Counseling and College Student Personnel programs include a 30-credit hour core, additional credit hours in your area of emphasis, and 9 credit hours in clinical experiences.

Career Options

The Master of Science in Education in Counseling (MEC) program is designed for students who are seeking a career working as a counselor in settings such as community agencies, government, private practice, and elementary, middle or secondary schools. MEC students in the College Student Personnel program will find careers in a wide variety of units in higher education settings.

Applying for Admission

Applications are encouraged from individuals who plan to provide counseling services either in a school setting or in a clinical, community, private, or government setting. All applicants are considered on an individual basis focusing on the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the program. Application review for admission is ongoing.

Applicants are encouraged from individuals in all fields. All applicants are considered on an individual basis. The applicant’s potential for successful completion of the program is a central focal point for the Admissions Committee. Applications are processed on a revolving basis. Although it is generally preferred that an individual accepted into the program start his or her coursework in the fall semester, an applicant may begin at the start of any term, providing space is available.

Admission Requirements

Educational Requirements: A completed or to-be completed baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.0/4.0 or higher will be recommended for admission. Applicants with GPAs lower than a 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.

Steps to apply:

  • Application – Complete the Application for Graduate Admission online and submit it to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Official Transcripts – Request your official college transcripts mailed directly to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions from each college attended. (QU graduates do not need to request official QU transcripts.)
  • Recommendations – Two recommendation letters from individuals who can address your academic potential. Recommenders: follow this link to the recommendation form.
  • Writing prompts – The applicant is requested to reply to three writing prompts regarding counseling. It is expected that the questions are answered to the best of the applicant’s ability and each question is to be answered in 500 words or less.
  • Personal Resume

International students – Applicants from non-English speaking educational institutions must submit the results of the TOEFL. Generally, a score of 550 or above is acceptable evidence of a student’s ability to successfully study in an English-speaking environment at the graduate level. Also, the applicant must submit documentation showing how his/her education will be financed. A bank official must authorize this financial documentation.

Prerequisite Coursework

All undergraduate majors are considered, but these courses in behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology or Sociology) are encouraged as a prerequisite:

a. Introduction to Psychology or Sociology
b. Personality Theory
c. Statistics/Research design
d. Abnormal Psychology

The Counseling Program Admissions Committee reviews each person’s application. As there are several measures that are used in the application process, there is no one single factor that would qualify or disqualify a person. In some cases, in addition to the written application and supporting documentation, an applicant may be required to have an in person interview with the Counseling Program Admissions Committee or its representative(s).


The Counseling Program meets the criteria set forth by the State of Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation for those seeking licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). The counseling program also meets requirements for licensure as a Professional School Counselor in the state of Illinois.

Graduates who choose the emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be eligible to take the examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of post-graduate clinical experience, these graduates will be eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Graduates who choose the emphasis in School Counseling will follow a curriculum approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Successful graduates can be recommended by QU for licensure with an endorsement in the area of School Counseling.


The Master of Science in Education in Counseling Program offers programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling that are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Annual Assessment Report

Annual CACREP Vital Statistics

Program Cost:  

Tuition cost per MEC credit hour:          $475.00

Graduate Fee per semester:                   $  15.00 per credit hour


For more information about the Counseling program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Kenneth Oliver, Professor of Counseling and Program Director

Dr. Andrea Fifield, Associate Professor of Counseling

For additional information contact: 
Amy K. Stollberg, M.S.Ed
Associate Dean of Transfer and Graduate Admissions
Francis Hall 111

Your Opportunities

Chi Sigma Iota – Chi Omega Chapter
Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for counseling students and professionals. It was established in 1985 to recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements of students and professionals in the counseling field. The mission of CSI is to promote “scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling” (

The Chi Omega chapter of CSI was founded at QU and inducted its first members in 2010. Chi Omega members must maintain a 3.5 grade point average, demonstrate professionalism in their classroom and clinical experiences and during any co-curricular activities, and must remain active in chapter events and projects. Chi Omega facilitates the growth and development of its members via an emphasis on scholarship, participation in professional development activities, and servant-leadership in the community.