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CACREP Accreditation of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program expires on October 31, 2018

CACREP Accredited

Mission Statement 

The Master of Counseling (MC) program in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The mission of the 60-credit hour program is to prepare students to become license eligible as professional counselors in Arizona and other states with comparable licensure requirements. With its strong focus on multicultural counseling across the lifespan, students learn to promote the health of individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a diverse society. The program prepares students to work with clients in a variety of mental health settings. The program also prepares students who wish to pursue doctoral-level studies.


Program Objectives

The MC program objectives reflect current knowledge and projected needs concerning counseling practice in a multicultural and pluralistic society. Graduates of the program will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and application of professional counseling ethics
  2. Knowledge and application of multicultural counseling and social justice competencies
  3. Knowledge of human growth and development and how it impacts counseling
  4. Knowledge of career development and ability to design interventions
  5. Knowledge and skill in establishing counseling relationships and employing intervention models
  6.  Knowledge and skill in group process and ability to intervene using groups
  7.  Knowledge of issues relevant to assessment selection and evaluation, and skilled in the appropriate use of assessment instruments
  8. Knowledge and application of basic research designs, statistics, and program evaluation
  9. Professional values and dispositions consistent with the American Counseling Association
  10. Knowledge of professional and clinical mental health counselor identity

CACREP Core Faculty

Jennifer Pereira, PhD, Clinical Coordinator

Angela Catena, PhD

Sharon Kurpius, PhD

Applications for fall 2019 admission are now open.

New students begin the program in fall semesters only. The MC program is an on-campus program. No online option is available.

All application materials must be submitted by the first business day after January 1 in order to ensure consideration for admission the following fall semester.

Apply to Master of Counseling program

Visit Graduate Admission for contact and address information related to Graduate Admission questions.

For information on the MC program, please review the:

MC Handbook

Please email us for questions not addressed in the handbook, or contact individual faculty members. Due to the large number of applicants, please be patient with faculty inquiries. Faculty members do welcome your questions and will respond as time permits.

Additional recourses available here:

Counseling (MC) Degree


The Master of Counseling program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs through October 31, 2018. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to CACREP:

Office for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-535-5990 /  Email CACREP

ASU Master of Counseling

2017-2018 Vital Statistics

Program completion rate = 100% *
Number of graduates = 45
Licensure/certification exam pass rate = 93%
Employment rate = 93%

*Students completed the program within the expected 2-3 year timeframe

Program Outcomes

MC Annual Report 2016-2017

MC Annual Report 2015-2016

Contact Us

Lisa Spanierman, PhD
Professor and Faculty Head
Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Mail Code 0811
Payne Hall (EDB) 446
Tempe campus

Mailing address:
Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Arizona State University
PO Box 870811
Tempe, AZ 85287-0811