Graduate Studies

Master of Education School Counseling (K-12) Option


General Info

The School Counseling option is designed to meet the licensure requirements established by the Office of Public Instruction for counseling in a school setting in the state of Montana. The intent of the program is to prepare individuals to work with elementary and secondary students (K-12 OPI licensure) in a professional, compassionate manner to promote positive intellectual, behavioral, and emotional change. Those students who want to do a thesis for a Master’s degree in School Counseling will develop their plan of study in direct consultation with their advisor.


For students who wish to pursue both school counseling licensure from the Office of Public Instruction and State of Montana licensure (LPC or LCPC) simultaneously, there is a 60 credit hour degree program that can be set up with consultation with an advisor. Students should be aware the Montana Board of Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors, not the MSU Billings College of Education, control that licensure. Students who wish to pursue licensure should use the coursework for the K-12 option and the programmatic requirements established by the Montana Board of Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors for LPC/LCPC eligibility.


Most of the courses in this program are offered online and some are offered in the evening allowing for flexible completion of the program.


A counselor helps a student


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Online? Mostly
Evening Classes? Yes
Program Length: If you take a full load of 9 credits per semester, you could finish this program in 6 semesters.


Careers: What can you do with a degree in School Counseling?

  • Counselor K-12 Schools
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Youth Services Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Advocate

Some of our recent graduates responded to a Graduate Data survey taken 9 months after graduation. Of the 12 School Counseling graduates who did respond to the survey, 11 or 92% are employed in their field. They reported an average salary of $39,152.


Admission Criteria

  1. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  2. Graduate GPA (if applicable) of at least 3.0
  3. Completed Graduate Record Examination

Admission Procedures

  1. Complete Graduate Student Application
  2. Submit Official Transcripts from all Institutions Attended
  3. Payment of Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee
  4. Submit Admission Test Scores – GRE
  5. Submit Personal Goal Statement of 300-400 Words
  6. Submit 4 References: 2 Professional and 2 Academic
  7. Submit Current (last 5 years) Resume

Contact Us


Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information.


Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.


Our office is located in McMullen Hall,  Room 200. The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302.