Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling (MSJC) certificate may be pursued as a stand-alone credential or in conjunction with another mental health program (such as: Master’s Degree in Education in counseling, the Master’s in Social Work degree, the Ed.D. or the Ph.D. in Education, or the PhD in Clinical Psychology). With advance planning, all 12 credits may be applied to the Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Completion of the MSJC certificate, however, does not guarantee acceptance into any other degree program (separate application required for admission).

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the MSJC certificate program are: current “good standing” (non-probation) in an UMSL graduate mental health practitioner training program (counseling, social work, or psychology) OR all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. Enrollment in a graduate mental health practitioner training program OR earned master’s degree in mental health field;
  3. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a current or former college-level instructor (or someone with a graduate degree who can attest to the applicant’s capacity to complete graduate-level work);
  4. Two-page personal statement explaining the applicant's personal and professional goals.

Certificate Requirements

CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling3
Choose three of the following:
Counseling Individuals with Disabilities
Theories and Techniques of Counseling Children and Adolescents
Integrating Religion and Spirituality in Counseling
Counseling Women Toward Empowerment
Counseling African American Clients
Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling
Social Class and Poverty Issues in Counseling
Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society
Any other CNS ED 6800-level courses as offered
Advanced Multicultural Counseling
Total Hours12