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New York University Master of School Counseling online

NYU Steinhardt’s rigorous online Master of Arts in School Counseling equips pre-K–12 counselors with best practices and techniques to champion equity, social justice, and diversity — and to pursue certification and employment in schools across the country.

About the program

  • Virtual skill-building: Work with a peer in the online counseling lab to prepare for practicum and internship experiences.
  • Real-world practice: Complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship at NYU-approved schools in or near your community, and start making a difference in the lives of students right away.
  • In-person networking: Join faculty members and classmates for a three-day immersion in the heart of Manhattan. You’ll participate in intensive, in-person training activities and build lifelong, professional connections.

About NYU Steinhardt

Founded in 1890 as the first school of pedagogy in the U.S., NYU Steinhardt continues to advance the education, health, and well-being of people and communities worldwide by fostering interdisciplinary knowledge, creativity, and innovation. Its online MSC programs are accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Board (MPCAC). New York University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Robust and rigorous, the programs at NYU Steinhardt benefit from experienced, active practitioners and top researchers. Two different concentrations exist for NYU Steinhardt’s Master of Arts in School Counseling:

  • Bilingual School Counseling Concentration: Specialize in bilingual school counseling by learning to develop and apply appropriate solutions to common challenges experienced by culturally and linguistically diverse pre-K–12 students. This program requires 3 additional credits focused on bilingual and multicultural theory.
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling with Advanced Certificate (dual degree): Complete an additional 12 credits for Professional Certification in the State of New York to continue practicing. The online Master of Arts in School Counseling program comprises 48 to 51 credits required for Initial Certification, and graduates may complete their Professional Certification at the degree-awarding school or at a different institution.
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NYU Steinhardt looks for candidates committed to equity and social justice. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university and must have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) during your undergraduate degree. No GRE scores required. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Your statement of purpose

  • Current résumé or CV

  • All post-secondary transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (if applicable)

  • Non-refundable application fee of $75

Field placements and practicums for real-world experience


In addition to completing 48 graduate-level credits and activities in the counseling lab, learners will also engage in a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship at any NYU-approved school in or near their community. 

100-hour practicum 

Apply classroom theory to real-world settings under the guidance of a certified school counselor for eight to 10 hours per week (100 hours per term). Practice directly with clients for 40 hours of your 100 total hours. All practicums start in the spring terms and can begin as early as the second term.

600-hour internship

Complete 300 internship hours per term, three full days or 19 hours per week, under the supervision of a certified school counselor. Internships take place across two sites to comply with K-8 and 9-12 requirements and include 240 hours of direct practice. All internships start in the fall terms and can begin as early as the first term.

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