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BA/MA Counseling Program

Walsh University'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 students can complete in approximately 6 years, right here at Walsh University.

The BA/MA Program provides the best preparation for students who wish to pursue mental health counseling careers. The program is designed to train counselors who will strive to assist others to make a difference in their lives.

To accomplish this, the program focuses on four broad goals:

  • Promotes within each student greater self-awareness, a concern for others and a respect for the uniqueness and dignity of each person
  • Teaches skills related to research, such as conducting research, critically assessing others' research, and communicating effectively in both oral and written forms
  • Educates students to understand both the scientific and humanistic perspectives in behavioral science and to apply this knowledge to counseling practice
  • Cultivates in students the desire to develop an ethical professional identity.

Why Walsh?

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. Students have increased opportunity 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.

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Experiential Learning & Internship Opportunities

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 internships 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.

Career Opportunities

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.


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