Department of Counseling & Human Development



Help Navigate Life's Obstacles

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) within the George Washington University will prepare you to provide critical counseling care and to become a practitioner, researcher, scholar, and leader in the profession.

Whether your goal is to work with youth, in a clinical setting, or in career development, our variety of programs that offer hands-on experience in clinical settings and a research-oriented curriculum will prepare you to offer hope and empowerment to a diverse community throughout various life transitions. Not sure which program is right for you? Our helpful guide will assist in deciding which specialization is best to meet your career goals.




Find the Degree that Matches Your Counseling Career Goals


Master's Degrees

Clinical Mental Health Counseling*

Gain hands-on, practical experience, whether interning at our Community Counseling Services Center or at one of numerous other counseling settings. Prepare to enter the counseling profession in a variety of human service settings.

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Rehabilitation Counseling*

- On-Campus or Online -

Develop a clinical foundation for serving persons with disabilities facing physical, mental, emotional, or social challenges. Courses are scheduled once a week in evenings to accommodate working professionals and internships.

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School Counseling*

Learn to successfully address the social responsibility and diverse critical concerns affecting the personal, academic, and career well-being of K-12 students. Receive professional preparation to become certified as a counselor in public and private schools. Get hands-on, practical lab experience in the Community Counseling Services Center.

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Doctoral Degrees

PhD in Counseling*

Balance research with clinical experience at mental health sites to build your capacity to conduct research, publish, provide clinical services, and teach at the graduate level. Faculty bring world class expertise in trauma, human sexuality, child and adolescent development, grief and loss, substance abuse, multicultural counseling, as well as a deep knowledge of diagnosis, assessments, interventions, and treatment approaches.

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Graduate Certificates

Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling

The 12-credit hour post-masters certificate in counseling is designed to allow students who have obtained a 48-credit master's degree in counseling to gain additional credits necessary for licensure.

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Counseling and Life Transitions

Develop a range of skills that can be used to assist the community in coping with various life transitions. Students may choose to focus in one of three concentrations: Career & Workforce Development; Grief, Loss & Life Transition; or Counseling Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Persons.

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Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling

- On-Campus or Online -

Further develop your counseling abilities to effectively guide and place persons with disabilities into steady employment environments. Take advantage of specialized experiential learning opportunities. Complete a minimum of four courses needed to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination or to pursue eligibility criteria for licensure as a professional counselor.

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 * CACREP Accredited Program


Why GSEHD at GW?

Access Washington, D.C.

Take advantage of our unique location with access to opportunities with prestigious organizations, government entities, and professional associations. Combine course content with supervised, clinical experience in the metropolitan area.

Expert Faculty

Our esteemed faculty hold leadership positions in national counseling associations and can help you build networks that will last a lifetime.

Gain Credentials

Pursue credentials such as the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential exam, the Licensed Professional Counselor credential (LPC), or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).


Our Commitment to Antiracism

Being anti-racist involves the internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural commitment to confront and eliminate racism that exists in ideals and policies. In critical reflection of our individual and collective responsibilities to dismantle white supremacy and advance anti-oppressive andragogy, the CHD department is committed to anti-racist practices that:

  • Address racism and discrimination directly through explicit discussion and action;
  • Increase awareness of prejudice and confront its effects through the discussion of past and present racism, stereotyping and discrimination in society; 
  • Disrupt and dismantle the systems and structures that codify institutional racism and oppression within the department, the university, and the counseling profession; 
  • Disrupt and dismantle racial power inequities within the department, the university, and the counseling profession; 
  • Deeply challenge and hold all members of the CHD community accountable to advance their own anti-racism praxis; and
  • Ensure the content and delivery of the curricula reflects this focus.


You May Be Eligible

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No Application Fees


GRE is Not Required


Scholarships Available


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Clinical experience {in the Community Counseling Services Center}, combined with rigorous academic preparation, equips students to meet the growing mental health needs of diverse communities and helps ensure that the reach of our program is far greater than the classroom.

Associate Professor, Counseling

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