Wayne State College
Counseling Department

Department of Counseling

Our counseling degree programs will prepare you for careers in the human services, mental health counseling, school counseling, and college counseling.

About the Counseling Department

The desire to help and serve others is a calling and the demand is high. Wayne State will help you develop your human interaction skills with a broad foundation in psychology and sociology. With a human services degree, you will be prepared to help others with certain situations and even help them better understand what is happening in their lives. Wayne State College is one of the few colleges in the nation to offer a four-year degree in human services that makes you ready for the workforce.  

If a master’s degree in counseling is in your sights, our specialized coursework and graduate research opportunities will help prepare you for an excellent future. Wayne State’s master's degrees in counseling rank at the top for program completion and job placement rates, low cost, accreditation length, licensing exam pass rate, and research productivity.

The clinical mental health graduate program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Each course syllabus is available upon request by emailing [email protected]. Please allow 48 business hours for a response and include the course number and title you would like to review.

Bachelor's Degree in Human Services

Master's Degrees in Counseling

Scholarships Available Through HRSA Grant
Through our $1.1 million HRSA behavioral health workforce grant, funding is available for clinical mental health graduate students until July 2025. Students must be in their final clinical mental health counseling internship by June 2025 to qualify. Contact Dr. Alison Boughn at [email protected] for more details.

BHECN Partnership
Supplemental student training, field experience, and funding opportunities are available through our partnership with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN). Learn more.

Counseling Help Clinic

The Help Clinic provides quality counseling at no cost to residents of Northeast Nebraska. Our services empower individuals through support, hope, and healing to improve the quality of their lives. The clinic is staffed by graduate students in our counseling program and is equipped to help people who are dealing with personal concerns, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, grief, and more. 


Ethan Hanson

“I toured a lot of colleges my senior year of high school, but Wayne was so welcoming. It had a wonderful atmosphere and great advising. I like how often the college and community work together. Professors in the counseling major practice what they preach. They would go to the ends of the earth to help you. They are warm and inviting. I’ve noticed they truly want to know who I am, and they have all the tools to help you succeed.”


Ethan Hanson '17

Hometown: North Platte, Neb.
B.S. Human Service Counseling

Nationally Ranked Programs

Counseling programs at Wayne State are nationally ranked and recognized for incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2022

No. 1 in Nebraska

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2022

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Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

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Best Master's in Counseling Degree in Nebraska

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 5 in the Midwest

Top Affordable Master's Degree in Counseling in Nebraska, 2020-21

Best Counseling Degrees

Best Value Master's Degree in Counseling - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 3 in the Plains States Region

Best Value Master's Degree for Counseling, 2022

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Colleges of Distinction, 2023

Recognized for Excellence

Best Colleges of Distinction, 2022-23

Colleges of Distinction

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our counseling programs.

Counseling Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for counseling students.

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