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.

Quick Facts

Program Units
Average Duration
2.5 years
Evening classes beginning at 4 p.m., offering flexibility for working students
Course Availability

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

Start Term
New students begin during the Fall semester.
  • Thousand Oaks
Program Costs


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After attending several graduate programs' information sessions, Cal Lutheran's M.S. in Counseling for Higher Education felt right because it emphasized becoming culturally responsive counselors, and the way that we were going to achieve that was through an "inside out" approach. This caught my attention because I wanted a program that valued diversity but I never thought it was going to start with examining my own experiences. This was exactly what the program provided for me—a scholarly space to reflect on my counseling philosophy through introspection and theory.

Mireya Milian