Counseling AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs


The Counseling AMP is offered for the School Counseling Program only. This accelerated master’s degree entry program (AMP) is designed to offer select UVM undergraduates from multiple disciplines the opportunity to obtain their bachelor’s degree while beginning their M.S. in Counseling, School Counseling program, during their senior year. The mission of the Counseling Program at the University of Vermont is to prepare students to work as counseling professionals in culturally and socially diverse school,  settings and to act as facilitators of personal and social change. The Counseling degree, School Counseling track, is a 60 credit hour program, including 700-hours of practicum and internship in a school setting. Following admission to the Graduate College, students enrolled in the AMP can take  up to 9 credits of graduate-level courses completed  during their senior undergraduate year that will count towards both a bachelor’s degree and the M.S.  Students in the AMP would then be expected to complete remaining M.S. requirements during a fifth and sixth year of study. Full-time graduate student status will start the fall after their undergraduate graduation and will be expected to be maintained until completion of their M.S.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Students must apply for admission into the accelerated Master’s in counseling program in the beginning of spring semester their junior year.  Admission into AMP program will be determined, based upon the following:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form that must include at least two letters of recommendation from UVM faculty members.

Students MUST be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied to the master’s degree requirements.  Students will start AMP degree coursework during fall of their senior year.  While not required for admission, applicants are strongly encouraged to take CNSL 101 The Helping Relationship during the spring of their junior year.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

A minimum of 60 credit hours for the School Counseling program is required. Students must also meet the UVM Graduate College requirements for the Master's Degree.

Accelerated Masters Program Courses

The 9 credits of course work for the AMP that will be taken during the student’s undergraduate senior year should be selected from the following list:

CNSL 374Counseling Theory & Practice3
CNSL 320Dev. Perspectives in CNSLNG3
CNSL 340Development Guidance in Schls3

Additional Courses to be taken post-bachelor's:

CNSL 350Prof Issues in Counseling3
CNSL 375Lab Experience in Counseling3
CNSL 363Counseling Practicum3
CNSL 377Diversity & Intersectionality3
CNSL 381Counsel/Career&Lifestyle Dev3
CNSL 341Diagnosis in School Counseling1
CNSL 392Group Counseling Experience1
CNSL 300Research Methods in Counseling3
CNSL 394Special Topics in Counseling (Leadership for Transformational SC)3
CNSL 344Modalities: Counsel Child & Ad3
CNSL 389Counseling Internship ((School Counseling))6
CNSL 393Adv Group:Theory and Practice3
CNSL 388Family and Couples Counseling3
CNSL 342Assessment in School CNSLNG1
CNSL 376Addictions Counseling3
Special Topics in School Counseling9

Comprehensive Examination

All students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive evaluation at the end of their studies in the UVM Counseling Program. The Level I Licensure Portfolio serves as the comprehensive evaluative tool for students in the School Counseling Program.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

At least 15 graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better, including all core courses.