Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

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. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy)

5. Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing. Students with a GPA less than 3.25 must submit one of the following tests with a minimum score:

  • GRE: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, Analytical Writing 3.5 (Former GRE: 1000 Total)
  • MAT: Total score 375, GRE Analytical Writing 3.5

6. Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission) 

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

7. Two Letters of Recommendation from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). All should be obtained from individuals qualified to address the applicant's ability to complete the graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation and ethics.

8. Personal Statement and Letter of Intent

  • The statement should be 1,000-1,750 words, typed, and double-spaced addressing past experiences, future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and personal qualities that will enable the individual to be an effective counselor.
  • In 350 words or more, describe your professional goals, how your interests and goals match the goals and mission of the department, and what you hope to gain from graduate study. Include your reasons for seeking admission to the Professional Counseling program at Liberty University Online.

9. 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)

10. Students seeking to be admitted into this program and plan to finish it outside of the US will be required to sign an International Disclosure Agreement.

Licensure Information

The 60 hour Professional Counseling degree is 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 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.

Upon an admission decision, official transcripts are required within 60 days; official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses. The official transcripts must adhere to the specific program’s requirements for admission. If the official transcripts do not meet the requirements, the admissions decision may be reversed and the student could be dropped from current classes and have financial aid removed. All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended.

Contact Information

Call: (800) 424-9595 (toll free); (434) 582-7800 (direct)
Fax: (888) 301-3577

Please send all official college transcripts to:

Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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