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Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares counseling practitioners in two tracks of study, clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. This is a full time on-campus program.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students are well prepared to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in West Virginia and other states. Courses train students to be counselors in agencies, schools, correctional facilities, treatment centers, and private practice. Graduates are proficient in both individual and group counseling through a wide variety of courses offered through the program. The counseling program prepares students to become licensed professional counselors in West Virginia. Students learn intervention strategies to be utilized in the community or treatment facilities. 

Where Clinical mental health counselors work:

  • mental-health centers
  • juvenile treatment centers
  • correctional facilities
  • outpatient mental-health centers
  • private practice

Where Clinical mental health counselors work:

  • adolescents
  • adults
  • elderly
  • drugs and alcohol addiction
  • severely mentally challenged
  • couples
  • families
  • grief counseling
  • crisis counseling

School Counseling

WVU’s school counseling program trains professional school counselors to work with students in pre-K-Adult settings. Professional school counselors provide school counseling programs that offer education, prevention, and intervention to address the diverse and complex needs of children and adolescents as they progress across the developmental lifespan. Counselors work with a wide variety of stakeholders including teachers, parents, administrators, local business leaders, and community leaders to insure preparation of productive future community members.

The program trains students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques as well as how to plan, design, and implement a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program. Students learn to structure comprehensive school counseling programs based on both the American School Counselor Association’s National Model as well as the West Virginia Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program Model.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should want to work with people and make a difference. We accept applications from other majors although preference is given to those who have degrees in some kind of people-oriented majors. Consideration for part-time schedules is provided, however applicants must be able to attend classes during the day and complete a day-time internship. The Master of Arts in Counseling program does not offer courses online.

To be considered for admission, students must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree with coursework in appropriate areas
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Complete Graduate Application
  • Resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
    In addition to the Graduate Application we require a personal statement. Please include answers to the following questions in your personal statement. Upload the complete personal statement to your Graduate Application.
    • How has your interest in Counseling developed?
    • What is your present concept of Counseling?
    • What experiences (not necessarily, work related) have lead you to believe that you could work with people in a helping capacity?
    • Briefly describe your academic and professional goals as a Counselor (include your employment objectives).

Application Deadline:

  • February 15 
  • Admit once a year
  • Applicants will go through a paper screening and then individual interviews

  • The School Counseling specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. The West Virginia Department of Education organizes and monitors the approval process for new licensure areas and changes to existing licensure areas offered through a preparation program. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is currently accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    CACREP Accredited

    This program is one of two counselor education program in the state of West Virginia that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).