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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

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The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-hour graduate level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). The faculty provide quality professional training of clinical mental health counselors from a faith-based perspective. Our mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations. Our mission is achieved in significant measure through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors and faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

Admission Requirements

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  • $50 application fee (the application fee will be deferred and assessed during Financial Check-In)
  • Unofficial college transcripts with a completed Transcript Request Form. An official final college transcript showing a completed Bachelor’s degree is required before first semester enrollment.
    • Regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission.
  • Official GRE or MAT Test Scores (Must be within 5 years)
    • Recommended test scores:
      • GRE: Current GRE, 150 Verbal Reasoning, 150 Quantitative Reasoning, 3.5 Analytical Writing. Former GRE: 1000 total.
      • MAT: 375 Minimum (must also submit GRE Analytical Writing scores)
    • Applicants who have a 3.0 – 3.24 undergraduate GPA are required to submit a GRE or MAT test scores.
    • Students who are using master's level coursework to meet the 3.0 GPA and 12 hours of graduate work requirement for admission into the program are not required to submit GRE or MAT test scores.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (complete through provided link)
    • As a part of the application process, we require two letters of recommendation from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). These individuals should be qualified to address the applicant's ability to complete the graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics. Some examples of individuals that may be suitable include professors, employers, or leaders in an organization where the applicant volunteers. 
  • Personal Statement
    • In a 1,000-1,200 word typed and double-spaced document, address your past and current helping experiences, your future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and your personal qualities that will enable you to be an effective counselor. Please also address how your interests and goals match the mission of Liberty University and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. Please see the program handbook for Department's mission statement.
  • Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission)
    • 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)
  • Self-Certification Form (for students in the final term of their bachelor's degree)
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a Graduation Application through their ASIST Account.
  • Additional admission requirements for international students

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of counseling, however, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding licensure for their particular state.

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