Master of Science in Education

Students interested in the education programs will have the opportunity to enhance their acumen and realize their potential on both personal and professional levels. Our expert faculty and support service staff are eager to give you all the personal attention you need to reach your goals. Our programs are offered in an entirely online format to provide you with the maximum flexibility and convenience you need.

To apply complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a graduate school (Masters) application by clicking here.
  2. Submit unofficial transcripts by email to the enrollment department or by faxing to (575) 392-6006
  3. Mail all official transcripts to the following address: University of the Southwest, 6610 Lovington Highway, Suite T-10 Hobbs, NM 88240
    (Official Transcripts are required for Admission and Financial Aid)
Our MSE Specializations:

Graduate Program Form for SC:

University of the Southwest’s Master of Science in Education, School Counseling is a 42 credit, fully online degree program designed to prepare you for licensure as a school counselor in primary,elementary, middle, and high school settings.

“School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents,teachers, administrators and the overall community. School counseling programs should be an integral part of students' daily educational environment, and school counselors should be partners in student achievement.” American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model, 2017.

With coursework in counseling theories,techniques and counseling ethics; career development, developing a comprehensive school counseling plan; and group, child/adolescent counseling, psychoeducational assessment, and crisis counseling, you will develop the knowledge and skill sets to interact with students and parents from varying backgrounds. USW’s program in School Counseling also offers a variety of elective courses including but not limited to Play Therapy, Addictions Counseling, Human Sexuality,Psychopathology, and Counseling Families. You will learn how to serve as an advocate for the students’ academic, career and personal/social success.

You will acquire the knowledge to:
  • Focus on the relations and interactions between students and their school environment with the expressed purpose of reducing the effect of environmental and institutional barriers that impede student academic success
  • Ensure access to a rigorous education for all
  • Support students in school, their families, and communities by designing and delivering a comprehensive school counseling program which is preemptive in design, comprehensive in scope, and developmental in nature.

* Decisions are based on Data

* Provided to students systematically
  • Assist students with evaluating and considering future educational and career paths
  • Provide an atmosphere where all students can learn

Practicums and an internship are required and must be completed in a public or private K-12 school with a certified school counselor.

The Master of Science in Education, School Counseling is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department and prepares students for licensure as a school counselor in the state of New Mexico. 

Out-of-State-Residents: Please contact your state’s department of education to determine if University of the Southwest’s program meets your state’s licensing and certification regulations.

Our program is available fully online!


IMPORTANT! - Beginning Fall(A)-15, ALL new graduate students must adhere to the Graduate Student Handbook Policies upon admission and approval of transfer credits!

For more information contact:

Melissa Mitchell at

Online Admissions and Enrollment Support School of Education

Phone: 575-492-2142

Or Dr. Jeri Midgley at

Program Coordinator School Counseling Program