Earn Your Online Master’s in School Counseling

NYU Steinhardt’s online master of arts in Counseling and Guidance program prepares aspiring pre-K–12 school counselors to pursue certification and employment in public and private schools nationwide. We teach school counseling practice and research techniques through the lens of equity and social justice so you can help students from diverse backgrounds thrive academically, professionally, socially, and personally.

The program is taught by NYU faculty dedicated to developing you into an effective school counselor. You will choose one of two concentrations: school counseling or bilingual school counseling, which teaches you to address common challenges experienced by students for whom English is a second language.

Accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

School Counseling Program Highlights

Rigorous, Hands-On Preparation
Build your skills through 48 graduate-level credits, counseling lab, 100-hour practicum, and 600-hour internship.

As Few as 18 Months to Complete
Depending on your start date, you could earn your school counseling master’s online in as few as six terms.

GRE Not Required
GRE scores are not required for admission into the online master’s in school counseling program.

Rolling Admissions
NYU Steinhardt accepts applications year-round, offering three start dates per year: in January, June, and September.

Take the Next Step

Pursue your school counseling master’s online from NYU Steinhardt.

The School Counselor Master’s Program Online Experience

Face-to-Face Classes and Engaging Assignments

Collaborate with your peers and faculty while practicing leadership skills using our interactive online campus, which features dynamic course work and weekly class sessions.

Virtual Skill-Building with a Partner

Work with a classmate during an online counseling lab that prepares you for your practicum and internship experiences.

Real-World Practice at Schools Near Your Community

Help pre-K–12 students thrive during a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship at NYU-approved public or private schools in your area.

In-Person Networking and Collaboration

Visit NYU’s New York City campus for an in-person immersion experience, where you will apply key skills learned in the program to intensive training alongside faculty and classmates.

What Can I Do with an Online Master’s in School Counseling?

Graduates of the online master’s in school counseling program are prepared to work effectively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators within pre-K–12 schools. Your work may include providing individual and group counseling support, developing curricula, and working with parents, teachers, and school administration to ensure students’ academic success and healthy socioemotional development.

As an elementary school counselor, you will create a nurturing environment in which children develop the knowledge, habits, and emotional skills to succeed in middle school, high school, and beyond.

As a middle school counselor, you will provide vital academic and emotional support to younger adolescents as they undergo various physical changes and begin to define their adult identities.

As a high school counselor, you will guide older adolescents toward academic and professional success during one of the most exciting and daunting times in their lives: preparing for college and career.

Bilingual School Counseling Concentration

As a student in the school counseling program, you will have the option to specialize in bilingual school counseling. Students in this concentration will learn to develop and apply appropriate solutions to common challenges experienced by pre-K–12 students for whom English is a second language. The specialization’s curriculum focuses on bilingual and multicultural theory and on identifying the characteristics of well-adjusted children who are culturally and linguistically diverse.


New York University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. New York University's Counseling@NYU online program offers a master of arts in Counseling and Guidance: School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling, Grades Pre-K–12. The Counseling@NYU program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) under the Masters in Counseling Accreditation Committee (MCAC) standards.
Learn more about MPCAC accreditation.


New York University’s master of arts in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Pre-K–12 prepares students to work as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools, and as a child advocate in community-based organizations. The online master’s in school counseling program leads to eligibility for New York state certification as a school counselor for grades pre-K–12.

Students may also be eligible for certification in other states outside of New York; however, certification requirements differ from state to state. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree, testing, and, potentially, additional post-graduate course work requirements.

Change the lives of students in need.

Earn your school counseling master’s online.