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Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

1. Apply online or download graduate application and submit via mail.

2. $50.00 Deferred application fee (Assessed during financial check in)

3. Fax / scan unofficial college transcripts. *Please Note* Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes!

4. Official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy). All official transcripts must be received by the end of the first term. If not, students will be unable to continue to register for classes.

5. Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing.

6. Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission) 

  • 6 credit hours in Psychology
  • 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)  

7. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet-based test)

8. Personal information questionnaire (resident only) 


Preliminary acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must be in your final term and planning to start your master's degree after the last day of class for your bachelor's degree. You must submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours. In addition, if you are a current Liberty University student completing your Undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Graduation Application. Finally, in order to maintain your acceptance and be permitted to continue in your program, you must send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first term of enrollment.

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to dual enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program, you must contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain a dual enrollment application. Along with your completed dual enrollment application, you must complete and submit a graduate application. As a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting a graduate application, if you plan to dual enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program you must contact and speak with our Registrar directly. You must also have your current university’s registrar send Liberty’s Registrar’s Office an official letter to confirm that you are in the last nine hours of your undergraduate degree program.


Licensure Information

The 48 and 60 hour Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling degrees are designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of counseling. Before enrolling in a licensure program at Liberty University, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding Professional Counseling and/or Marriage and Family Therapy for their particular state. More specifically, students should be aware of the following before enrolling in one of Liberty University’s counseling programs:

  • State regulations regarding licensure opportunities if an applicant has a previous felony conviction.
  • State regulations regarding the type and number of academic courses and practicum/internship hours.
  • The state accreditation requirements for educational institutions.
  • The state regulations and requirements for online graduate education programs.

*To obtain your state’s web address, view State Licensure Boards

Disclosure Statement

Enrollment in one of the M.A. licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for professional licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements is outlined in this handbook.  Students enrolled in a M.A. counseling licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined in this handbook. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling or marriage and family therapy.

 


Unofficial college transcript policy

An unofficial copy of the college transcript can either be faxed from the institution, printed from the school’s official site, or an opened copy that you may have in your possession.

Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

  • School’s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • List of completed courses and earned credit
  • Degree and date conferred (if applicable)

Official college transcript policy

An acceptable official college transcript is one that has been issued directly from the institution, and is in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must still be in its original sealed envelope with a signature across the back.

Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided. However, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60 day time frame will prevent registration.


Contact Information

Call: (800) 424-9595 (toll free); (434) 582-7800 (direct)
Fax: (888) 301-3577
luoadmissions@liberty.edu.

Please send all official college transcripts to:

Liberty University Online Processing
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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