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Master of Arts
School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling
Online Degree

NYU Steinhardt’s online master of arts in School Counseling is designed to equip aspiring pre-K–12 counselors in preparing them for certification and employment in public and private schools across the country. Taught by our expert NYU Steinhardt faculty, Counseling@NYU students learn counseling practices and techniques that champion equity, social justice, and diversity. Full- or part-time schedules are available. GRE scores are not required.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling

Full-time or Part-time

An Online Curriculum for Passionate School Counselors 

Counseling@NYU’s faculty thoughtfully designed the curriculum to equip you with the skills you need to ensure students of diverse backgrounds thrive in their interpersonal relationships and academic development. 

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Build healthy, trusting, and helpful relationships between you and pre-K–12 students, as well as their teachers, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders, and adapt your practice to your students’ developmental needs.
  • Assess students based on socio-historical contexts and pay close attention to issues of power and privilege triggered by gender, race and ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, and language abilities.
  • Create and deliver a data-driven school counseling program that supports every student’s academic, career, personal, and social development.

You will have the opportunity to choose one of two concentrations: school counseling or bilingual school counseling. If you choose the bilingual concentration, you will also be prepared to identify issues relevant to student populations for whom English is a second language and apply appropriate resolutions. You must be able to participate in required supervised fieldwork within the five boroughs of New York City in order to pursue the bilingual concentration.

Learn more about the curriculum and view sample course sequences.

The Master’s in School Counseling Online Experience

You will attend weekly live courses with streamed video and audio. Classes are intentionally kept small (clinical courses eight students; didactic courses approximately 15 students) and feature capabilities for breakout sessions and face-to-face interaction. Because our curriculum is designed to optimize online learning and maximize collaboration, you’ll be able to connect seamlessly with professors and peers across the country. As a Counseling@NYU student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore and synthesize content through a multicultural lens prior to practicum and internship experiences.
  • Meet on an as-needed cadence with your professors.
  • Access faculty-designed, asynchronous content 24/7.
  • Reference course work, class materials, and your dashboard on a mobile app.
  • Use your dashboard for one-click access to upcoming assignments, grades, contracts, and more. 

Learn more about the online student experience.


What Can I Do with an Online Master’s in School Counseling?

Counseling@NYU graduates are equipped to pursue licensure/certification as school counselors. They are able to work effectively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in pre-K–12 school settings. 

Graduates are prepared to support students throughout their development in accordance with the American School Counselor Association National Model.

  • As an elementary school counselor, you will create a nurturing environment in which children develop the knowledge, habits, and emotional skills they need to succeed in their personal, emotional, social, academic and career development.
  • As a middle school counselor, you will provide academic and emotional support to younger adolescents as they approach puberty and early adulthood.
  • As a high school counselor, you will guide older adolescents toward emotional, academic, and professional wellbeing and success as they prepare for college, the workforce, and quality of life.

Learn more about school counseling careers.


New York University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Counseling@NYU program offers a master’s of arts in School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling, grades pre-K–12. The program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) under the Masters in Counseling Accreditation Committee (MCAC) standards. Learn more about MPCAC accreditation. 

Counseling@NYU is registered by New York State as a license-qualifying program in mental health counseling. Students in the online master’s in mental health counseling program may be eligible for certification in states outside New York; however, requirements vary from state to state. Most state certification/licensing boards require a master’s degree, testing, and completion of post-master’s clinical hours.

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