Degree Requirements

A degree from the Seattle University Counseling Program helps prepare students to meet the academic requirements to apply for licensure as a mental health counselor associate and/or a substance use disorder professional in Washington.  The State of Washington Department of Health has additional requirements such as examination, post graduate experience and supervision that must be met in addition to the coursework. 

Clinical experiences

Of the 90 credits required for the degree, 16 credits are experiential courses in which students work with actual clients at a practicum or internship site and 8 credits include working with volunteer clients on campus under supervision. One additional credit includes a group experience facilitated by a masters level counselor.  Students work individually and in groups, and receive feedback from faculty and peers. All students complete a one quarter practicum and 3 quarter internship spanning almost 12 months in the third year.  Program graduates are often hired at their internship sites. All sites are considered first-rate internship opportunities.