MA in Counseling

Become a difference-maker as a counselor

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Online and On-Campus
2 Years
Time to Completion
Cost Per Credit Hour
Credit Hours Required

Make an impact from day one in your counseling career

Webster's MA in Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at our campus in Webster Groves, Missouri, and at our South Carolina campuses in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia. Learn from expert professors. 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:

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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

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:

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*NOTE: Online version of this program is not CACREP-accredited. Students enrolled in the online version must complete a one week residency.

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


Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Correctional Treatment Specialist


Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

School and Career Counselor


Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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