Requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree
Two concentrations are available in the master’s degree programs in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in a variety of community mental health settings including counseling agencies, business and industry, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, court systems, and other settings in which counseling or other mental health services are offered. The School Counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in public, charter, parochial, and private schools (pre-K through 12th grade).
Prospective master’s degree students must meet the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must present scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that were earned in the last five years. Master’s degree applicants are considered based on criteria developed and published by the faculty. To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant must have an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.50. Presentation of the minimum undergraduate grade-point average does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on all criteria considered in relationship to the need of the program and number of students who can be reasonably accommodated. Applicants who present undergraduate grade-point averages that are lower than those listed above may be considered for admission, pending the evaluation of other indicators.
Program of Study
Students in the program complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Counseling.
The minimum total semester credits required for the M.Ed. program is 60. Master’s degree programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Programs include 36 counseling core credits, six counseling emphasis area credits, six counseling elective credits, three credits in research, and nine credits in field work.
Students admitted to the master’s degree program in Counseling must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better before they may enroll in the next course for which that course is a prerequisite: EDGC 6400, 6430, 6440, 6450, 6535, 6850, 6896 and 6897. Master’s degree students will be dismissed for any of the following academic reasons: they accumulate six or more hours of grades lower than B in graduate coursework required in their programs of study or their cumulative UNO graduate grade-point average for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring, or spring and fall) is below 3.0.
Transfer of Credit
Master's degree students may transfer up to one-third of the credit hours required for the degree from another institution only after completing 9 hours at UNO with a 3.0 GPA. Only coursework taken at a graduate level and with a grade of B or above may be transferred.
Master’s degree students must pass a comprehensive examination, which must be taken near the end of the student’s degree program. The examination covers all of the core areas of the student’s field of study.