Empower Others to Create Positive Change by Earning a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Online
Available Fall 2019
Please note: Starting Fall 2019, this program will replace the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. If you begin the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling before Fall 2019, you may switch to the new name, if desired, once the new program is released. Both tracks are equivalent and are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree online is designed to equip you with the specialized training you need to gain state licensure and become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).* An LPC is a licensed mental health professional who is trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental health and behavioral problems. By earning this online counseling degree, you will enhance your understanding of human psychology through field-tested techniques and learn best practices for promoting the mental health and holistic wellness of clients in diverse communities.
Our master’s in counseling degree online will help you become an ethical, well-trained mental health counselor with the knowledge, values, and skills you need to empower others to make positive changes in their lives. Completing Liberty University’s counseling degree online prepares you for counseling practice through rigorous academic courses, dynamic interaction with mentors and faculty, and a carefully structured practicum and internship process.
*Please verify with your state that this program will meet licensure requirements.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree?
Do you want to empower others to conquer their challenges and become healthy and productive? Liberty University’s online clinical mental health counseling degree prepares you for a rewarding career as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Learn evidence-based, field-tested skills from professors who not only have years of real-world counseling experience but who are also committed to mentoring their students. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of them personally during your visits to Liberty’s beautiful campus, located in Central Virginia, for two on-campus intensives. You’ll also observe professional counselors in their own practices during your counseling practicum and start honing your counseling skills throughout a two-semester internship.
Once you complete your master’s in mental health counseling degree online and pass your state licensure exam, you’ll be equipped to pursue a fulfilling professional counseling career in healthcare, community agencies, education, social services, or private practice. Liberty University’s online professional counseling degree provides you with a flexible, effective pathway to licensure that prepares you for a rewarding career.
What Are the Benefits of Liberty University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Online?
The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 23% growth for mental health counselors through 2026, which is more than the average for all occupations. Insurance companies offer more coverage for mental health services than in the past, so the federal government, community clinics, and local hospitals are expanding their mental health counseling staff to provide effective treatment for patients.*
After completing Liberty University’s master’s in clinical mental health counseling degree online, you will have many opportunities to choose your preferred area of practice or change your field of expertise later through state-specific alternate pathways.
Highlights that set Liberty’s clinical mental health counseling degree apart from others:
- The SR Education Group awarded Liberty as the Most Affordable Online Master’s in Counseling for 2018.
- Our online award-winning learning environment means you can complete your coursework on a schedule that fits your life.
- Our flexible, on-campus intensive options give you the opportunity to visit Liberty University’s beautiful campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia when it fits into your schedule.
- The practicum and internship provide hands-on, marketable experience working directly with hurting people in your community.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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What Will You Learn in Our Online Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Degree?
Our master’s in clinical mental health counseling degree online provides a foundational series of courses designed to train you in ethical and legal issues in counseling, multicultural counseling, theories in counseling, and many other areas of study for evidence-based best practices that are essential for the counseling practice.
Our online LPC degree focuses these critical knowledge areas into group counseling, psychopathology, and other important assessment and practical skill areas so that you will be equipped for your observational and hands-on work during your practicum and internship requirements. These courses will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective mental health caregiver in your chosen field.
Highlights of Liberty University’s Online Counseling Degree
- By earning your online degree in clinical mental health counseling through our master’s program from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
- Through two required on-campus intensive courses, you will meet and collaborate with peers and professors while completing your online degree while taking the steps to obtain your LPC.
- Be mentored during your first hands-on counseling experience through the online counseling degree’s two-semester internship, providing necessary state-reported hours for licensure and valuable field experience.
- Complete your coursework on a schedule that fits your life with Liberty’s award-winning online learning environment.
Program Information for Our Online Degree in Counseling
- Two 3-credit hour intensives with flexible scheduling are required.
- One 3-credit hour observation-based practicum.
- 6-credit hour internship over two semesters (three with approval).
- Review the background check and comprehensive exam information.
- Download and review our master’s in clinical mental health counseling Degree Completion Plan.
- This program falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.
- The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program may lead to licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in most states. See which states have unique board requirements.
- You can read more about the National Counselor Examination on our counselor education page.
- View our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree course syllabi (login required).
Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Military Benefits
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you through every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour).
Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder(less than $625 per course).
8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.
Potential Career Options with a Master’s in Counseling
Our online counseling degree assists students in pursuing all required state licensure areas of knowledge and practice. This allows students to pursue state-regulated counseling positions to work in private, public, and nonprofit roles where counseling and human services skillsets are required. After completing Liberty’s online degree in counseling and undergoing state licensure requirements, students may be able to start their own private practices in counseling.
As a licensed professional counselor (LPC), you will be qualified to work in the following types of treatment centers:
- Mental health agency
- Counseling center
- Private practice
- Hospital program
- Inpatient mental health treatment facility
Industry Outlook: The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 23% growth for mental health counselors through 2026, which is more than the average for all occupations. Insurance companies offer more coverage for mental health services than in the past, so the federal government, community clinics, and local hospitals are expanding their mental health counseling staff to provide effective treatment for patients.*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition. Information obtained on August 21, 2018.
Admission Requirements for Our Online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 or above cumulative combined GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Two recommendations (submitted through the Electronic Recommendation Form)
- Personal statement
- Agreement to Mission Statement and Diversity Statement
- Unofficial college transcripts can be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- Official college transcripts, if available
- Proof of English proficiency
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first