Department of Counseling
Pawley Hall, Room 450A
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2018
Adult Career Counseling Center
Pawley Hall, Room 280A
(248) 370-3092
Pawley Hall, Room 250A
(248) 370-2633

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Master of Arts in Counseling

The counseling profession helps people to become self-aware, growth-oriented and effective in mastering the challenges of life. Counselors — as skilled, perceptive, broadly educated professionals — assist clients in identifying areas for improvement and in carrying out changes that promote life fulfillment. Drawing upon a foundation of research and theory in philosophy, psychology and education, counselors use therapeutic skills and consultation techniques with both individuals and groups. In any setting, the goal of counseling is to help people expand their potential, facilitate development and live more satisfying and productive lives.

In order to prepare students for this difficult task, the master’s degree programs in counseling at Oakland University set forth curricula designed to foster both personal development and the acquisition of a broad range of knowledge and skills. 

Initial courses introduce the theoretical and professional components of the field. Later courses emphasize research and clinical skills. In practicum and internship, students are supervised intensively as they apply their knowledge and skills in courses that use on-campus laboratory facilities and approved field training sites. Students select a degree in either mental health or school counseling.
  • The Master of Arts Degrees in Counseling (Community and School) have been revised and updated to reflect current CACREP accreditation standards in January 2015. 
  • Oakland's programs continue to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Contact for more information 
Application Deadlines:
M.A. Applicants (September start) April 1
  M.A. Applicants (January start)  October 1
  1. Applications are submitted online with graduate
  2. Supplemental Applications
    A supplemental application may be required for your program. Review the list of supplemental applications on the Counseling Homepage (found under "How to Apply").
  3. Transcripts
    You must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended. If you are a United States active duty service member or veteran you should also include your military transcript.
  4. Submit official transcripts to:
    Submit official transcripts to:
    Oakland University 
    Graduate Admissions
    520 O'Dowd Hall 
    586 Pioneer Drive 
    Rochester, MI 48309-4482
  5. International applicants:
    International applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 visa must also complete and submit the International Student Supplemental Application Packet (PDF) and specified support documents.
  6. General application/admission process questions can be sent to Graduate Admissions.