M.S. in Counseling for Higher Education

In today’s rapidly changing world, there is a greater need for student affairs and student services counselors in college/university settings who are knowledgeable, ethical, principled, and compassionate.

We believe that competent counselors working in colleges/universities need to meet the needs of an ever-changing diverse student body and be comfortable discussing issues of race, gender, sexuality, and other types of identity. Our program uses the cultural proficiency model to help students take an inside-out approach to understanding who they are and how their identities inform the ways they work with others across differences.

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Quick Facts

Program Units
Average Duration
3 years
On campus, full-time or part-time course load
Course Availability

Fall and Spring 15-week semesters with 8-week Summer sessions

  • Thousand Oaks
    (primary location)
  • Woodland Hills
2020-21 Cost

$790 per credit

$37,920 base cost


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Where Our Alumni Work

View a list of colleges and universities where alumni of this program have gone on to do great work:

Colleges and Universities
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • Coastline Community College
  • College of the Canyons
  • Colorado State University
  • Glendale Community College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Moorpark College
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Oxnard College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • Ventura College
  • Yavapai College

Career Path Options

Want to know where this program can take you? View a list of possible career paths:

Jobs and Positions
  • Academic Advisor
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Adjunct Counselor at California Community Colleges
  • Assistant Dean/Dean of Students
  • Assistant Director/Director of a varierty of student support services
  • Career Counselor
  • Counseling Assistant at California Community Colleges
  • Counselor at California Community Colleges
  • EOPS Counselor at California Community Colleges
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Retention Specialist/Counselor
  • Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Counselor
  • Student Athlete Counselor at California Community Colleges
  • Student Success Counselor
  • Title IX Officer
  • Transfer Counselor at California Community Colleges

Cal Lutheran’s program has a heavy emphasis on the interpersonal side of student interaction and I especially appreciated the skills and education I gained in counseling theory and practice.

Trevor Hess