Academic Programs

Graduate Programs

The Department of Counseling offers three master's degrees: the Master of Science in Counseling; the Master of Science in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling; and the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. All graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination.

Within the Masters of Science in Counseling There are four different counseling specializations -- Career, College, Gerontological, and School. School counseling students are eligible for the State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential with a specialization in School Counseling (P-12).


The programs in School, College, Career, Gerontological, and Marriage and Family Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2018. Students who begin the programs fall 2018 and thereafter will graduate from a CACREP accredited program, with the exception of Gerontological Counseling which CACREP no longer accreditsThe Clinical Mental Health Program is undergoing CACREP accreditation review in 2019. The Pupil Personnel Services Credential program in School Counseling is also accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

Undergraduate Programs

We do not offer a Bachelor's degree Major in Counseling. Please refer to the SFSU Bulletin for an extensive list of undergraduate academic programs.

Undergraduate Minor in Counseling

The minor offers four areas of study for all students:

The Field of Counseling. Students are introduced to the counseling profession through an overview of role and functions in career, college, marriage, family and child, mental health, and rehabilitation settings; historical perspective; professional identification; ethical considerations; and self-awareness.

Psychological Understandings. Students receive a general introduction to the field of counseling and psychological dynamics.