Minnesota State University Moorhead’s graduate program in Counseling and Student Affairs has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The specialized accreditation is granted by CACREP which is an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The program offers three CACREP accredited emphases: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling (K-12), and Student Affairs and College Counseling.
Since 1965, the Counseling and Student Affairs (CNSA) program at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) has been educating and preparing high quality counselors, educators and student affairs professionals. Since becoming a CACREP accredited program, the University has offered a high-caliber curriculum and professional preparation standards to meet the critical need for counseling professionals across the northern midwestern states. Approximately 65 students are currently enrolled in the graduate degree program. Courses are offered after 4:30 PM in a variety of delivery formats, including online, hybrid, and face-to-face class periods. Last year, there were 30 graduates from the CNSA program. This included a total of 12 School Counseling students, 11 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students, and 7 Student Affairs College Counseling students.
Students graduating in the expected time period per emphasis area were: Clinical Mental Health 90%, School Counseling 92%, and Student Affairs 78%. The expected time period for graduation is two years for full-time students and three to five years for part-time students.
Students also have found success finding employment in their field of study. The percentage of graduates that have found employment in their chosen field by emphasis area are Clinical Mental Health: 100%, School Counseling 92%, and Student Affairs 78%.
Our graduates continue to excel on licensing examinations, including the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the National Counselor Examination (NCE). 92% of students passed the NCE and 94% of students received passing scores on the CPCE. Our current students have demonstrated a professional counselor identity through active participation in recognized and funded student organizations such as our Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and the Counseling and Student Affairs Organization (CSAO). Professional counselor identity was further enhanced through community advocacy projects, participation at the MSUM Student Academic Conference, attendance at the American Counseling Association (ACA) national conference, and service to the community through volunteering in local mental health and substance abuse awareness events.