The Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services offer a dual enrollment, master’s-level program leading to a Master of Science degree with majors in Educational Research and Mental Health Counseling. This program provides the Educational Research students a content area in which to apply the educational research methodology and provides the Mental Health Counseling students the capability to combine research and evaluation with counseling in their work setting. In general, this dual degree program provides the students with increased career opportunities both within academia and in the work setting.
Applicants to the M.S. in Educational Research and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling Joint Program must meet entrance requirements and follow the application procedures established for each of the separate programs. Applicants must be accepted by both programs; Admission to both degree programs under the joint program concept permits the application of credit for one degree toward the other degree (as explained below), which is not necessarily possible in the case of dual admission. To be in the educational research/professional counseling joint degree program, students must be admitted to both programs before completing either program.
Program Degree Requirements
Degree requirements are the same as those for each separate major. The one required course from the professional counseling major that may be counted toward the educational research major is EPRS 7900. Additionally, nine semester hours of electives in the Educational Research program may be courses used to complete professional studies (area A) or major requirements (area B) in the Mental Health Counseling program. Students are responsible for making sure they meet all prerequisites for courses taken in this program. If the student is not admitted in the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and desires to take Counseling and Psychological Services courses as electives, then the student needs permission from the Director of this joint program. Enrollment in some of these courses requires authorization from the Counseling and Psychological Services Department.