Department of Human Services

Master of Science in Organizational Counseling

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Why Choose the Organizational Counseling Program?

The program of study prepares graduates with basic counseling, interviewing, training, management and/or consultation skills. Master's level management courses provide for a program like few others. Graduates qualify for a variety of positions in business, government, non-profits, social services, and consulting. 

The curriculum for this program does not fulfill the Ohio Professional Counselor licensure requirements. Students graduating from this program will not be eligible for licensure as professional counselors (LPC). Additionally, this program does not meet CACREP specialty accreditation standards and is not accredited by CACREP.  

Note: Students will be evaluated for endorsement by Department faculty for demonstrating, ethical, academic, and competence in the professional orientation.

Contact Information

Program Director: Dr. Donna Tromski-Klingshirn, Associate Professor
108N Allyn Hall

Related Link

Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)

Academics and Curriculum

Organizational Counseling Program of Study (PDF)


Admission Requirements

  • 2.7 cumulative minimum GPA or better, and GRE score of 291 (Q&V sections combined) or MAT scaled score of 403


  • 3.3 cumulative minimum GPA

*Applicants can also be admitted conditionally if cumulative GPA is between 2.3 and 2.7 and GRE score is between 281 and 291, or MAT scaled score is between 381 and 402.

Admission Deadlines

The graduate counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs review and admit new students twice a year. You are eligible to begin your program the following semester after you are admitted (i.e., students admitted in the fall are eligible to start taking classes in the spring semester, and so on.) The deadline to have all required application materials submitted to the Graduate School is as follows:

  • Spring 2020: August 7, 2019 deadline
  • Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 Admission: December 7, 2019 deadline
  • Spring 2021: August 7, 2020 deadline
  • Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 Admission: December 7, 2020 deadline 
  • Only complete applications will be forward to the Department of Human Services office for review. Please check with the Graduate School at 937-775-2976 to determine if your application is complete. After department review, successful candidates will be invited to a required group interview (successful candidates will receive invitation via mail). Group interview details are provided in invitation letter.

Admission Process




Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453


Job Titles (examples) Held by Program Graduates

  • Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Director, Human Resources
  • Senior Director, Human Resources
  • Director of Total Quality Improvement
  • Director of Social Services
  • Director of Patient Care Services
  • Administrator
  • Senior Vice President of Administration
  • Vice President
  • Personnel Administrator
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
  • Manager, Human Resources Development
  • Diversity Manager
  • Transition Assistance Manager
  • Network Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Habilitation Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Personnel Manager
  • Self-Employed
  • Director
  • Associate Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Program Coordinator
  • Case Management Coordinator
  • Specialist
  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • Management Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Employer Services Specialist
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Prevention and Training Specialist
  • Training Specialist
  • Employment Specialist
  • Civil Rights Contract Compliance Specialist
  • Associate Specialist
  • Supervisor 
  • Human Resource Consultant
  • Human Resource Organizational Development Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Program Director
  • Director, Human Resources Development
  • Director of Employee Relations
  • Representative
  • Consultant
  • Trainer
  • Manager, Training and Development
  • Professional Training Consultant
  • Employee Assistance Coordinator



  • CNL 6010 Counseling Theory and Practice
  • CNL 6020* Techniques of Counseling
  • CNL 6030 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • CNL 7280 Professional Orientation, Ethical Standards, and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • CNL 7290 Multicultural Counseling
  • Plus one additional course for a minimum of 18 hours of the required courses in the Organizational Counseling program.

*CNL 6020 Techniques of Counseling is suggested to be completed no earlier than two terms prior to the beginning of practicum.

The prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better as well as overall 3.0 or highter grade point average in program for Organizational Counseling majors.

Application for Practicum

Appendix 1 (Application for Practicum) (PDF)

Students must have their Program of Study on file with the main office. The student must supply verification of liability insurance with the application.The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. A photocopy of insurance application and check will fulfill this requirement. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the AMHCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Practicum Requirements

  • The student is required to spend a minimum of one hundred (100) hours, spread over a 12-week summer term; however, a site may require additional hours. Of these hours, at least a total of 40 hours must be in direct service. Whenever possible and appropriate, either audio or video (preferred) recordings should occur for purposes of critique and evaluation. Students have the responsibility for following site procedures both for securing permission to record and ensuring the confidentiality of the obtained recording. If recordings are not appropriate, students should then present samples of their work. Students also are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirements.
  • A weekly conference reviewing the work of the practicum student. A minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision by the site supervisor of record. 

Practicum Appendices 

*Note: these appendices and the information regarding them can be found in the practicum manual. 

Program Outcomes

The College of Education and Human Services' Organizational Counseling (OC) program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program produces graduates who have basic interviewing and training skills to work in business and organizations with emphasis in such areas as human resources, consultation, and development within a culturally diverse society. Coursework and training in group dynamics, leadership, diversity, ethics, assessment and referral, communication skills, and organizational climate assist graduates in providing services on general developmental issues of employees and organizations. Graduates have also completed a 100 hour practicum. Students may also choose to complete a thesis.

The program educates and trains persons to provide services such as stress and change management, career development, decision making, professional development, time management, supervisory skills, assertion, retirement, and conflict resolution. Students and graduates with at least a 3.5 grade point average and recommendations can be invited to join Chi Sigma Iota, an international academic and professional counseling honor society.

The degree brings together information and skills offered by the counseling faculty in the Department of Human Services, the Management Department in the Raj Soin College of Business, and human service professionals working with organizations. Our department houses full time tenure track faculty who teach courses in the CACREP accredited curriculums.

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