Go Where Your Dedication Will Be Needed – and Valued

Just earned your bachelor’s degree? Looking to advance your career or explore a new direction? Harness your passion to change lives by embarking on one of the fastest-growing career paths today: earn your M.S. in Counseling. 

As more public and private sector leaders prioritize the urgent need for trained counselors in today’s volatile world, your growth opportunities in the field are both promising and diverse. Pick your passion: our five rewarding M.S. in Counseling concentrations empower you to help the people and issues that inspire you most.

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Explore Five Rewarding Counseling Concentrations

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Work in social agencies, schools, mental health clinics, hospitals or in corporate HR. Many graduates pursue Florida licensure as mental health counselors.
(60 credit hours)

School Counseling

Help Pre-K-12 kids: graduation from this Florida Department of Education-approved program qualifies you for state guidance and counseling certification.
(48 credit hours)

Substance Abuse Counseling

Counsel people and their families struggling with substance abuse – this online program is ideal for working professionals balancing busy job schedules. 
(48 credit hours)

Substance Abuse Counseling & Education

Build expertise to counsel those with substance abuse, combined with a 12-credit educational track concentration.
(60 credit hours)

Applied Behavior Analysis

Build clinician skills with professors who are active field clinicians and researchers. Meets current BACB academic and experience exam eligibility requirements.
(54-63 credit hours)

Non-Degree Option

For students seeking a non-degree program, including those looking for courses to complete their Florida School Counseling Certification, NSU offers non-degree courses in counseling and psychology.

Earning Potential and Job Growth

Counseling occupations are projected to enjoy strong employer demand and faster than average growth across the Southeast, particularly in Florida.
Florida Georgia Southeast National
Base year 21,270 13,530 112,520 324,500
Projected Year 26,100 16,300 135,370 351,700
Growth Rate 22.7% 20.5% 20.3% 8.5%
Total Annual Openings 2,910 1,800 14,950 37,300
Aggregate Growth - All Occupations 15.7% 11.7% 11.1% 5.2%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note: State and regional projections refer to the years 2016-2026, national projections refer to the years 2018-2028.

Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: online and on campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie (Fall/Winter/Summer); Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa (Fall only). School Counseling/Substance Abuse Counseling: online and on campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie (Fall/Winter); offered in a hybrid format in Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa (Fall only). Applied Behavior Analysis is offered online.

Start Dates

Start your M.S. in Counseling in August (apply by 7/7); January (apply by 12/1); or May (apply by 3/29).


Tuition for the degree program is $840 per credit hour.

Degree Completion

NSU’s Master in Counseling program is 48-60 total credits to complete, depending upon concentration chosen and undergraduate coursework to date.

Three-Day Residency Benefit for All Online Counseling Students

The Residential Institute enhances your online distance program with three days of professional onsite engagement, including face-to-face personalized faculty mentoring and feedback, team counseling activities, clarification around required clinical field experiences, protocols, and professional expectations and other goals designed to maximize your academic and professional success.

  • Required attendance for all online M.S. Counseling program students
  • Held Friday morning through Sunday afternoon
  • Choice of NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus or NSU Regional Campus in Orlando
  • Part of PYCL 0511, Introduction to Counseling Techniques, typically taken in 2nd program semester
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Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

We are excited to announce that CACREP will be conducting a site visit for our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration from April 14 -16, 2021. This visit, originally scheduled for March 2020, will allow CACREP to review our curriculum, student outcomes, and facilities.

Once the visit concludes, the CACREP Board is expected to arrive at an accreditation decision during their July 2021 Board meeting. CACREP is aware that our institution has experienced delays due to the pandemic and will acknowledge this during their review process. More information on our status is located HERE

Visit the CACREP Website

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statements


Applied Behavior Analysis concentration


Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration


School Counseling concentration


Substance Abuse Counseling/Substance Abuse Counseling and Education concentrations

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