The Department of Professional Counseling offers two degree programs online. Our online program combines counselor education with technology to provide a robust learning experience for students from the comfort of their own homes.

Curriculum is delivered in nine-week terms with weekly synchronous or asynchronous course meetings, making our program accessible to counselors in training across the U.S. When synchronous, classes are held from 5-8 p.m. CDT.

In addition to these nine-week courses, students will participate in one week-long intensive held in St. Louis during their first summer in the program. During this intensive, students will work to develop and practice skills needed for both individual and group counseling.

*Each student enrolled in the Hybrid Counseling Program is assigned a faculty advisor. These advisors are full-time faculty and have knowledge of licensing requirements in their own state of residence, as well as ways to find those in other states. Students work with their advisor to research the licensing requirements of their individual state and develop a program of study that will ensure they are well prepared upon graduation.

Because California does not participate in SARA and also due to the nature of counselor licensure requirements for the state, the Hybrid program does not admit students from California.

Master of Arts in Counseling, Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered online in the United States. This is the primary emphasis pursued by our students and is designed for persons wanting to practice all types of counseling. The program is 60 credit hours and includes a 15-month clinical experience where students gain hands-on training working with actual clients in a variety of mental health settings. In addition to the basic learning outcomes of the MA in Counseling, the core learning outcomes of this emphasis include:

  • Apply ethical and legal standards as well as knowledge of public mental health policy, financing and regulatory processes to mental health counseling.
  • Implement mental health counseling principles and practices associated with education, prevention, consultation and intervention.
  • Describe how living in a multicultural society impacts clients and apply effective advocacy strategies to enhance mental health services.
  • Employ various assessment techniques associated with professional mental health counseling to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
  • Apply evidence-based research literature associated with professional mental health counseling to meet the needs of clients living in a diverse society.
  • Implement diagnostic tools appropriate for mental health counseling professionals to diagnose disorders in diverse clients.

Admission Requirements for the MA in Counseling program

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