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SU Launching High-Demand Online Master’s Programs

April 11, 2023

Master’s in School Counseling and Criminal Justice will provide outstanding academic experiences and access for working adults.

Seattle University is launching two high-demand online master’s programs to help meet the need for additional school counselors and criminal justice professionals in communities throughout the country, while providing an outstanding academic experience and access for working adults. 

The online Masters in Criminal Justice program allows students to choose between three cutting-edge tracks—investigative criminology, research and evaluation and victimology. Aligned with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences best practices, this programs prepares graduates to make a difference in their communities and advance their careers. 

“We are very student-focused,” says Elaine Gunnison, PhD, professor and the director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program.  “Students will have complete faculty support and individualized attention that I don’t think they’d find anywhere else, especially in other online programs.”

The online Masters in School Counseling program will prepare students to become Educational Staff Associate (ESA)-certified and graduates will be well-positioned for additional mental health counseling and substance use disorder certification. Modeled after the well-respected on-campus program, alumni go on to successful careers as school counselors, principals and mental health care professionals, utilizing curriculum that emphasizes social justice and multicultural competence.

“I'm excited about access to the communities that don’t have graduate school or education opportunities,” explains Mary Amanda Graham, PhD, professor and director of School Counseling. “This is an amazing opportunity for non-traditional students who work full-time and would like to pursue a career in the school counseling field.”

Applications for both programs are available for Fall 2023. Interested in applying or have questions? Learn more about the online school counseling or online criminal justice programs. For media inquiries, contact Diana Fishel-Hall at