The Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students for the counseling profession, which involves the application of the developmental and social sciences in assisting children and adults with psychological growth and social adjustment problems. Counselors work in schools, community agencies, churches, hospitals, and private practice. The SMU M.S. in Counseling program provides the elements necessary for certification, licensure, and practice applicable to state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), or School Counselors. Elective specializations are available in Drug and Dependency Counseling, Child and Play Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapies, and LGBT-Affirmative Therapy.