Admission MA Professional Counseling

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Admission Requirements 

  1. Apply online or call an Admissions Counselor at (800) 424-9596.
  2. A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
  3. Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts.
    • Please Note – Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a transcript request form.
  4. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).
  5. Regionally or Nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.7 GPA for good standing.  Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or at least 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution may be assessed on the basis of the masters-level degree work. NOTE – once accepted into the program, a 3.0 graduate GPA is needed to maintain good academic standing in the program.

  6. Students without the following coursework on their undergraduate transcript will be required to complete the following upon admission to the program:
    • 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)
  7. Admission to this program requires:
    • 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.
    • Statement of Purpose– 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 Professional Counseling degree program. Students must agree to the Department of Counselor Education and Family Study’s Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Mission Statement and Diversity Statement.
    • 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.
  8. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs.  Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Department of Counselor Education and Family Study’s Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Mission Statement and Diversity Statement


The mission of the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies 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. The CEFS purposes to accomplish this mission by the professional development of the mental health counseling student across the following domains:

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1.  Attainment of scholastic competency in all coursework,

2.  Acquisition of, and ability to apply counseling skills with a diverse population to a standard acceptable by licensed professional counselors,

3.  Demonstration of emotional and mental stability and maturity in interaction with others including the ability to maintain healthy boundaries, communicate appropriately, successfully manage personal anxiety or uncomfortable feelings, work collaboratively with others and resolve interpersonal conflict,

4.  Adherence to the Professional Identity and Standards outlined by the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and Liberty Graduate Student Code of Honor, and

5.  Demonstration of the ability to integrate faith and spirituality into counseling where appropriate in an ethically competent manner.

Commitment to Diversity

Liberty University is a school founded upon fundamental Christian values like grace, truth, and love for all persons. As believers in Christ, we must demonstrate our commitment to loving others (cf. Matthew 22: 34-40; Mark 12: 28-34; Luke 10: 25-28).

  • We approach counseling as a profession that fosters holistic human growth and development in the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, and spiritual domains of life.
  • Our counseling approach also supports the worth, dignity, potential and uniqueness of others who are made in the image of God. This means for us that all persons possess dignity and worth because they are unique subjects of Divine Creation. Our vision is focused on nurturing an academic community of diverse people and ideas and assuring that diversity enhances academic excellence and individual growth.
  • Our faculty and students are comprised of persons that represent various national, ethnic, spiritual, and denominational backgrounds. Learning to be respectful and appreciate other cultures will add to each student’s experience at Liberty. For that reason, we are committed to nurturing and training a diverse student body in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences.
  • The CEFS provides an academic community for students, faculty, and staff to teach and learn from the experiences of others and to submit personal values and assumptions for reflection and critical examination. Student learning, professional and personal growth occur in a climate that encourages a deepened appreciation of differences. Therefore, we do not discriminate in our educational and counselor training programs on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disability.

While recognizing the importance of all dimensions of diversity as mentioned above, the CEFS adheres to the following initiatives:

  • To increase, through recruitment and retention measures, the diverse representation of students, faculty, and staff;
  • Promote full implementation of professional standards of practice and multicultural counseling competencies across the curriculum and in specialized courses;
  • To include issues of diversity throughout the instructional programs and professional development activities;
  • To develop graduate assistantships opportunities to serve diverse student groups;
  • To provide departmental opportunities for students and faculty to engage in the exchange of ideas and information related to diversity; and
  • To maintain ongoing educational opportunities and equality of access to our academic community.
  • To equip students to ethically utilize spirituality as a force for healing when and where appropriate.

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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

Preliminary Acceptance
Dual Enrollment
Disclosure Statement
Transcript Policy

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your master’s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor’s degree.
  • Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours. 
  • If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Graduation Application
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to dual enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program, you must:

  • Contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain a dual enrollment application.
  • Complete and submit an application for admission

As a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting an application for admission, you must:

  • Contact and speak with our Registrar directly.
  • Have your current university’s registrar send Liberty’s Registrar’s Office an official letter to confirm that you are in the last nine hours of your undergraduate degree program.

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 an M.A. in 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 must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.

Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided; however, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day time frame will prevent registration.


Liberty University Admissions Contact Information

(800) 424-9596

(888) 301-3577

Email for Questions

Email for Sending Documents

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

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