Yes, to the comprehensive. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) will be administered to assess graduate counseling students' knowledge of the core areas of counseling (www.cce-global.org/Org/CPCE). The CPCE is a national exam published by the Council for Credentialing and Education, Inc., an affiliate of the National Board of Certified Counselors. The CPCE will be administered prior to beginning their first semester of M.H.S. 6830: Internship in Mental Health, which is at the end of the student's 3rd semester (if full-time) or the student's 6th semester (if part-time).
No, to the thesis requirement. Our program is practitioner-oriented in the sense that students are required to complete a demanding field experience requirement of 1,000 supervised hours before graduation: A 100 hour practicum in the middle of the program and a 900 hour internship at the end of the program of study. Our 60 credit hour requirement includes room for 9 credit hours of electives. Although there is no thesis requirement, faculty members in the program are engaged in research in which interested students can become involved.