Master's Degree in School Counseling

Earn a master's degree in School Counseling through George Fox's school counselor program.

Become a School Counselor

A Master of Arts, or Licensure Preparation Program, in School Counseling from George Fox University will prepare you to become a professional school counselor. As such, you will combine the roles of mental health professional and educator in working with children in public or private schools.

You will know how to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive developmental school counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association's National Model. You will facilitate students' personal/social, career, and academic development through classroom guidance and both individual and group counseling. As an educational leader you will advocate for all students' holistic development and to that end consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members.

George Fox's school counseling programs are rooted in the belief that:

  • Students have physiological, psychological, relational, spiritual, and educational needs
  • School counselors should be able to articulate the integration of their faith with their identity and practice as professional school counselors
  • School counselors need to use appropriate and ethical school counseling and guidance skills when working with students, families, schools, and community systems
  • School counselors need to possess skills for working effectively and respectfully with students of different ages, diverse backgrounds, varied developmental stages, and varied cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities
  • School counselors must think critically, transform practice, and promote justice

Employment Outlook

Graduates of the program can expect favorable job prospects, according to US News & World Report, which ranked school counseling No. 6 on its "Best Social Services Jobs" list. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Spiritual Integration

Because of George Fox University's identity as a Christian university, the programs in the Graduate School of Counseling are grounded in and shaped by our commitment to an integrated understanding of the Christian faith and mental health that embraces diversity and promotes justice.

Our approach to spiritual integration does not specifically prepare graduates to be Christian counselors or work at faith-based organizations.

All together, our students are learning how to integrate the worldview of any person they work with, whether or not they share the same spiritual perspectives.

» Learn more about spiritual integration


There are three paths available to move you toward a K-12 Initial School Counseling License.

Track I: Counseling master's degree available to individuals with 2+ years of documented experience as a licensed Oregon teacher.

Track II: Counseling master's degree available to individuals without 2+ years of licensed teaching experience. Included with Track II is a 6 credit sequence that includes a 200 hour teaching practicum.

Licensure Only: Certificate in school counseling available to individuals with a master's degree in a mental health profession.

Advantages of the George Fox School Counseling Program

  • Courses taught from a systemic perspective
  • Opportunities to interact with students who are pursuing other mental health professions
  • An environment that encourages the integration of faith and learning
  • Prepares grads for a blended professional identity as both educational leaders and mental health professionals
  • Full time, accessible, widely trained faculty
  • Flexible schedules (day, evening and weekend classes) for working adults
  • Two-, three-, and four-year program options
  • A convenient Portland Center location
  • Accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Master of Arts in School Counseling

Program length 2 to 4 years
Semester hours 57 (63 for Track II students)
Cost per semester hour $734*
Tuition cost for entire program $41,838* ($46,242* for Track II students)
Accreditation CACREP; approved by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of the state of Oregon
Format In-person
Location Portland Center (near Tigard)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

CACREP Accredited

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs