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Online Counseling Degrees

Do you feel burdened to help hurting people and families overcome challenges and heal from trauma? The need for competent, compassionate mental health professionals continues to grow, and Liberty University’s online degrees in counseling can equip you to minister to the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of your community.

Liberty’s counseling-related degree programs can help you develop into an ethical, well-trained pastoral or mental health counselor with the knowledge, values, and skills to help others make positive changes in their lives. You’ll get the training to further your current human services career, meet requirements for state licensure,* or enter the discipline for the first time.

With programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, you’re sure to find the one that meets your professional needs. Both licensure and non-licensure tracks are available, and while the majority of degree options are available 100% online, some require on-campus intensives, giving you rich opportunities to network and connect with your professor and classmates on Liberty’s beautiful Lynchburg, Va., campus.

Because Liberty University is dedicated to Training Champions for Christ, you’ll receive quality professional training as a mental health counselor from a faith-based perspective. Your counseling degree from Liberty University will equip you to reach new professional heights and shape a better world by championing what matters to you. And that’s what matters to us.

*Please note: Each individual state has its own specific requirements for licensure. Please see your state’s professional counselor license board for more information.

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Some of Liberty University’s counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


Available Counseling Degrees

*Liberty University is home to the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies. Learn from a curriculum that incorporates video lectures taught by Dr. James C. Dobson, as well as other distinguished Christian psychologists and family therapists. You’ll gain specialized counseling training in advocacy and public policy, child and adolescent development, or marriage and family studies. 


Benefits of Liberty’s Online Counseling Programs

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. Earning your online counseling degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral counseling programs has not increased in 5 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • With Liberty’s 8-week terms and 8 start dates per year, you can complete a flexible and affordable degree in less time than you would on a traditional campus.
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. 
  • Specific counseling licensure-track programs are further accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Our master’s in counseling licensure-track programs offer on-campus intensives with flexible scheduling and the opportunity to meet your internship requirements within your own local community.

Military Benefits

Service is important to us, so whether you’re currently serving in the Armed Forces, have served, or are married to someone who serves, we’re here to serve you. Liberty’s military benefits are available to:

  • Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/retirees
  • Spouses of service members and veterans/retirees
  • Current Department of Defense employees

We are proud to support you in your pursuit of a flexible and affordable online education degree by offering you the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts — $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $275 per credit hour for graduate courses* 
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder
  • 8-week courses with 8 different start dates each year and no set login times
  • Potential college credit for your military training for undergraduate programs

*At the doctoral level, only Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs qualify for the military discount.