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Masters in Counseling Schools

Master of Counseling Schools

Our selection of graduate programs in counseling is a mixture of psychology degrees, counseling degrees and education degrees that have specialization in school counseling. These schools all have campus programs others operate a handful of campuses, but all of the schools we list here have online options or blended options as well. Counseling professions generally require licensure from the state, whether the degree is in social work, marriage & family therapy, clinical counseling, addiction counseling, or any related field. If you enroll in a graduate counseling program, check on the academic requirements in the state where you intend to practice.

1. Chicago School of Professional Psychology has campuses in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Irvine, CA; and Grayslake, Ill. There is also a strong online program as well as options for blended course of study utilizing both distance learning and campus classes. The degree options include a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with choices of Marriage & Family Therapy concentration, Clinical Counseling, Forensic Psychology, School Psychology, and Substance Abuse & Addiction. The Chicago campus clinical psychology program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association.

2. Grand Canyon is an accredited university based in Phoenix, AZ that offers three counseling degrees, two of which are available as distance learning options in addition to the campus based programs. The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling meets Arizona state standards for licensure as a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) or a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). The Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy meets California academic standards for licensure; however there is a requirement of 3,000 hours of supervised field work required for this profession. The Master of Science in Professional Counseling meets the standards for Arizona and for the National Board for Certified Counselors.

3. Liberty University offers the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling on the Lynchburg, VA campus. The program is either a 48 credit or 60 credit course of study based on the choice of academic track. There are two psychology classes and a statistics class that are prerequisites, but can be completed after enrolling in the program. The 60 credit option is offered for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree in the field prior to continuing on to the master's program. This degree is available online, as is the Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy.

4. University of the Rockies was founded as a school of psychology, established in Colorado Springs in 1998. Today it offers graduate programs in two academic disciplines: Psychology and Organizational Development. The Master of Arts in Psychology has several areas of concentration for students who have a particular career track in mind. In the field of counseling those specializations include: Career Management & Counseling, Executive Coaching, Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, and Sports & Performance Psychology.

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