MA in Counseling

Become a difference-maker as a counselor

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Hybrid
Online and On-Campus
2 Years
Time to Completion
$650-
$780
Cost Per Credit
depending on location
60
Credit Hours Required

Make an impact from day one in your counseling career

Through Webster's MA in Counseling, you can advance your career in the helping professions as you learn from expert professors and gain professional experience through 15 months of hands-on clinical fieldwork.

Choose to learn in person or in a convenient hybrid format and graduate ready to:

Tailor your education to your career goals by choosing an emphasis in:

Learn more about our emphases

Preparing future counselors for 30+ years

A passion for helping people

Prepare for LPC licensure and transform into a highly sought-after counselor. Graduate ready to make a lasting impact from day one of your counseling career. This program is ideal for:

Gain knowledge AND experience to improve others' lives

Combine classroom education with hands-on field experience, developing the necessary theory and skills to work with individuals, couples, families and children in a variety of mental health settings.

Experience a hands-on, accredited curriculum

You must complete 60 hours to graduate with your MA in Counseling.

Required Core Counseling Courses
  • Assessment
  • Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Techniques of Counseling
  • Techniques of Group Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling

Align your education with your interests

You can customize your MA in Counseling with an emphasis in one of three areas:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Learn how to apply ethical and legal standards as well as knowledge of public mental health policy, financing and regulatory processes to mental health counseling. This program is CACREP-accredited at our campuses in Webster Groves, MO and Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia, SC.

School Counseling Specialization in Grades K-12

Gain the knowledge needed to serve as a change agent, demonstrating leadership, vision, collaboration and advocacy for the on-going development of self, students, the school counseling program and the school district.

Couples, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

Identify and apply preventive, developmental and wellness approaches in working with individuals, couples and families from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.

Flexibility to balance work, life and school

Benefit from a blend of in-person evening classes, as well as some online coursework. No GRE scores needed. Classes for this program are available at the following campuses:

Explore Your Options

Take the first step toward a rewarding career

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall demand for mental health counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030. Graduate with your MA in Counseling prepared for positions like:

Clinical Social Worker

$51,760

Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Correctional Treatment Specialist

$55,690

Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

School and Career Counselor

$58,120

Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Tell Us About Your Goals

Achieve your personal and professional goals

We’re here to help

Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MA in Counseling.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your MA in Counseling from Webster, a private, non-profit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and ranked #16 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list in the Midwest Regional University category.

Professors. Professionals. Mentors.

Learn from faculty members with professional experience as counselors. Our diverse faculty are practicing clinicians who take a real-world approach to learning and will guide you in developing the cultural awareness necessary to serve the needs of a rapidly changing population. Small class sizes ensure one-on-one attention and collaboration. Our professors serve as mentors eager to support your career goals and connect you to opportunities.

Hear from one of our students

I chose to further my education with Webster because I wanted to do more for my community. I want to be able to help individuals in need and families become whole again. Helping people is a huge part of my heart and I want to continue to be able to help those in need.

- Stephanie Cullen
MA in Counseling With an Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2021