Frequently Asked Questions: MS in Counseling (CSP)

The MS in Counseling (CSP) can be completed in two and a half years.

The master’s in college counseling program is completed on a full-time schedule, with students enrolling in two courses per semester. In the fall and spring, students come to campus once per week for two back-to-back courses in the evening. In the summer, students come to campus twice per week for two back-to-back courses each evening.

The MS in Counseling (CSP) is available on campus at our Thousand Oaks location. On-campus courses are offered Tuesday through Thursday at 4 or 7 p.m. Fieldwork courses are offered online on Monday evenings.

Students should expect to commit 10 to 12 hours to the program each week: 6 hours in class and an additional 4 to 6 hours on coursework.

The MS in Counseling (CSP) requires 300 field hours: 150 hours for Practicum and 150 hours for Field Studies in College Student Personnel.

The Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel is geared towards learners who want to assist students in college and university settings. You should pursue the Master of Science in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services if you’re interested in working with K-12 students.

There are a variety of university resources available to students in the college counselor degree program, including:
  • Career Services
  • Program advisement
  • Library/research
  • Graduate Writing Community
  • Diversity and culture
  • Veteran resources
  • Fitness/intramural sports
  • Health services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council

Yes, Cal Lutheran offers a variety of funding options from internal and external sources. These include:
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Veterans benefits
  • Employer discounts
Visit our financial aid page for detailed information. You can also call a graduate admission counselor at 805-493-3325 to learn more about funding your education.

Cal Lutheran being designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) signifies that we meet specific criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education, primarily that at least 25% of our full-time undergraduate student population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. Being an HSI reflects Cal Lutheran’s broader commitment to diversity and community engagement. We offer a wide range of resources and opportunities, including scholarships, mentorship programs and courses that celebrate Hispanic cultures and heritage. We believe in creating a supportive space where students from all backgrounds can thrive and make lasting connections.

Cal Lutheran warmly welcomes individuals of all faiths and belief systems. Our inclusive community does not require affiliation with any church, religion or religious organization. We embrace diversity in all walks of life, so that every member of our community feels valued and respected.

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