Attention Potential Applicants 

We are excited to hear of your interest in the Stephens College Counseling program. At this time, our program does not have availability for the Fall 2024 cohort. However, the program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2025 cohort that begins in August of 2025. The application deadline for admission to the Fall 2025 cohort is February 1st, 2025. In the meantime, here are some quick links to our application process and financial aid office. 

Online Application Portal: Stephens College (  

Financial Aid Office: Graduate Financial Aid | Financial Aid Eligibility (  

Please note that our program director, Dr. Kissinger, will be happy to answer any questions you have about our program. Please reach out to him at your convenience to set up a time or simply email your questions to him at [email protected] at your convenience. We hope to hear from you soon!


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The Stephens Counseling program’s application deadline for admission to their fall cohort is February 1st of each year. The Stephens Counseling program has completed our admissions process for the Fall 2024 cohort. While no current spaces are available for the Fall 2024 cohort, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Counseling program director directly at [email protected] to discuss any program/admissions related questions. We thank you for your interest in our program and hope you will reach out to the program director to learn more about the program.   

Why Stephens?

Evening courses, program tracks, and committed faculty who care about your unique goals make it easy for you to pursue your Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling, or earn the licensure you need. Our focus on the individual ensures small class sizes and personal attention. We are committed to preparing the best counseling professionals and will help you transition successfully to the next phase in your career. Peer-to-peer support and dedicated advisers enhance the learning experience.


Program Features

Enhance your career with a degree or licensure provided by those who understand the industry and your commitment to making a difference.

  • Dedicated faculty respect and support your personal goals, and provide support for the transition into the next phase of your career
  • Faculty offer current, relevant experience
  • Wide range of internship opportunities across clinical organizations and school systems in Columbia and across Mid-Missouri
  • Founded on the scientist-practitioner training model for a more meaningful learning experience
  • Strong peer-to-peer support networks with fellow counseling students

Program Tracks

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical mental health counselors focus on promoting the mental health of individuals, families, groups and organizations in a diverse society.

School Counseling

Professional School Counselors help students address their personal, social, educational and career needs in elementary, middle and high schools.

Strong Career Outlook

Counseling professionals with the right educational foundation and credentials are in excellent position for career success. Employment for those in the counseling field is expected to grow in the years ahead. Depending on the specialty area pursued, growth can be faster than the industry average. 

Explore projected job growth for careers in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.



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M.Ed. in Counseling

Dr. Dan Kissinger,
Counseling Program Director

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