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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The master’s degree in mental health takes 60 semester hours or three years to finish; the master’s degree in educational research takes 36 semester hours or two years to finish. Check with your adviser for complete details.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

For Educational Research

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: March 1

For Mental Health Counseling

  • Summer: Nov. 15

Educational Research and Mental Health Counseling M.S.

Our educational research and mental health counseling dual degree program* combines educational research and the application of educational research methodology to a content area in mental health counseling.

You will meet faculty who are leaders in the field and find opportunities for research and field experience that are an enhancement to each of these academic programs. The program leads to a master of science degree with majors in educational research and mental health counseling.

Graduates of the program have increased career opportunities within academia and the work setting.

*This program requires you to apply to both educational research and mental health counseling to be admitted to complete the degree program.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements for Both Programs

Program Admission Criteria
Educational Research M.S. When applying to the Educational Research, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
Mental Health Counseling M.S. Online Application

  • $50 Application fee
  • Goal Statement (upload with application)
  • Resume (upload with application)
  • Three letters of recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official transcripts: minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Note: Interviews will be conducted by the department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview

Program of Study

Degree requirements are the same as those for each major. The one required course from the professional counseling major that may be counted toward the educational research major is EPRS 7900. Nine semester hours of electives in the educational research program may be courses used to complete professional studies or major requirements in the mental health counseling program. Students are responsible for making sure they meet all prerequisites for courses taken in this program.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school.  Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships, and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students.  We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships.  The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.



This dual-degree program provides students with increased career opportunities in academia and in their work settings.


Program Coordinator – Educational Research
Kevin Fortner
[email protected]

Program Coordinator – Mental Health Counseling
Jonathan Orr, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Educational Policy Studies
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Counseling and Psychological Services
[email protected]

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