California State University, Northridge

Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Educational Psychology & Counseling

College Counseling/Student Services - Masters of Science

  • M.S.
Program Emphasis: 
  • Student Learning & Development


Dr. Merril A. Simon
18111 Nordhoff Street
Dept of EPC - Box 83
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

Program Statement

      The M.S. in Counseling degree with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Services (CC/SS) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)  is designed to prepare students for professional positions that support university and community college students’ learning and development who are on urban, diverse  campuses. The CC/SS program prepares students for student affairs positions across campus. Special attention is given to working with diverse student populations including returning, historically-underrepresented, and students with disabilities. Our program is counseling-based and counseling skill-informed.  It requires personal investment and full-time enrollment.

     We are ideally looking for graduate students who are academically capable and have experience as paraprofessionals in both college student affairs and as peer counselors.  As well, openness to personal growth is highly valued.  Students in our graduate program are highly sought after by many universities and community colleges in the local region and beyond.  While we have only been in existence for about two decades, our professional community reputation  and alumni support is strong

     This is a relatively small (12-16 students admitted each year with a summer program start), cohorted, full-time, intensive program with much individualized attention and support.  There are on-campus assistantships available for first-year and active support in finding fieldwork placements and jobs subsequent to graduation.

     We are one of the few remaining counseling-based student affairs nationally-accredited programs by CACREP (the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) and are proud of that twenty plus year affiliation.  Our students are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors and, with additional training and another year of study and fieldwork, may also become prepared to be eligible for counseling licensure in the state (and beyond) as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.  

     The core CC/SS program is designed for two types of students: (1) for those individuals who desire training for entry level professional level positions in student affairs, and (2) for those who are already experienced professionals in student affairs and wish to increase their theoretical background and range of experience by pursuing a master’s level degree.  

     The GRE is only required for those whose cumulative undergraduate degree grade point average is under 3.0.  While we do consider students with varying grades, we are looking for students who are academically well-prepared with solid writing and analytical skills and openness and readiness to learn about counseling and the field of student affairs.

     We welcome contacts and visits to our campus in sunny California.  In fact, we’re C-SUN!

Meets ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Standards: 
Meets CAS Standards: 

Number of Program Faculty

Full Time: 
Total Program Credit Hours: 
Average Time to Degree: 
24 months (includes two summer sessions)

Visitation Program



Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE
  • None Required
  • Other
Assistantship Required: 
Assistantship Placement Assistance: 
  • Full time
Program Delivery: 
  • In-person
Course Schedule: 
  • Evening
Comprehensive Exam Required: