Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (M.A.)

Admissions Information
Liberty University Online Program

Residential Program

The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling has a 48 hour program and a 60 hour program, both intended to prepare students to pursue state licensure and national certification. This degree program provides professional training and education for students seeking career opportunities in mental health agencies, private practices, faith-based counseling centers and other areas. Graduates will have a thorough background in areas of integration of faith and spirituality into practice; individual and group counseling; clinical practice; ethical, professional and legal issues; social and cultural factors; human development; work, leisure and career development; and the application of research and statistics to understand mental health issues.

  • 48 hour graduate program (internship & practicum required)
  • 60 hour graduate program (internship required)
  • Residential and online formats
  • Graduate assistantships available
  • Admissions information

Licensure information: Unique Board Requirements

Academic Information

Residential-Based Courses

16-week Classroom Instructional Format


Sampling of program courses:

  • Counselor Professional Identity and Function: COUN 500
  • Research and Program Evaluation: COUN 503
  • Counseling Theories: COUN 510
  • Career Development and Counseling: COUN 522
  • Psychopathology and Counseling: COUN 646
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: COUN 667

Program of Study

Career Opportunities

  • Mental health agency
  • Public or private practice
  • Faith-based counseling opportunities