BA/MA Counseling & Human Development
What is Behavioral Science/Counseling and Human Development?
Counselors provide therapeutic treatment to individuals, groups or families struggling with mental health or behavioral issues.
Walsh's B.A./M.A. Counseling & Human Development program provides the best preparation for students who want to pursue counseling careers. Our program combines a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and a M.A. in Counseling and Human Development that student can complete in six years.
What type of career can I look forward to with B.A./M.A. in Behavioral Science/Counseling and Human Development?
Counselors work in a variety of settings, from schools to rehabilitation centers. They work with individuals who have substance abuse problems, mental illness, family and marriage problems or who need disability rehabilitation.
What makes Walsh's Behavioral Science/Counseling and Human Development Major Unique?
- Integration of B.A. and M.A. Classes. This degree combines undergraduate psychology and sociology courses with a graduate professional-counselor education.
- Streamlined Completion. Within six years, a student can complete both their bachelor's and master's degrees.
- Meets Counselor Licensure Requirements. Our program meets educational requirements for counselor licensure in Ohio and many other states.
- Strong Practitioner Focus. Case-oriented learning opportunities.
- Emphasizes Practical "Hands-On" Training. Lab training and internships offer experiential learning that gives students practical knowledge that's appealing to future employers.
- Offers a competitive edge for employment and career advancement.
- Solid Foundation for Doctoral Studies. After completing our streamlined program, students are well-prepared to move on toward an even higher level of education.
Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?
Eligible students who want to join the B.A./M.A. counseling program must complete a separate application after they've been accepted to Walsh. Once accepted, the student meets with a faculty advisor to plan coursework from sociology and psychology courses. This includes:
- Principles of Psychology
- Social Problems
- Principles of Learning or Physiological Psychology
What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with this human development and behavioral science major?
Graduate students in our human development program can gain real-world experience at the Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center on Walsh's Campus. It's an educational training facility open to the community that provides mental-health counseling and community referrals. Students work alongside faculty and the site director to offer:
- Individual counseling with children, adolescents and adults.
- Family counseling.
- Group counseling.
- Career counseling.
Other internship also are available in different areas, including: community service/mental health agencies, school-based intervention and treatment settings, hospital/residential centers, crisis intervention centers, corrections/criminal justice centers, vocational and career-development programs, drug and alcohol centers and domestic violence shelters.
How can I apply to the BA/MA Counseling & Human Development Program?
For BA/MA program admission requirements, application and other forms, visit our Counselor Program Admissions page.
Whom can I contact for more information about Walsh's human development and behavioral science major?
Dr. Penny Bove, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences