Master of Arts
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CU's history of offering counseling courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, its commitment to providing students with constantly improving educational opportunities, and the overall job outlook in the United States for the profession of counseling, motivated the university to add an MA in Counseling program. A generous philanthropic donation helped to develop the program.

The MA program offers two tracks for students to choose from: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. The predominant professional accrediting body for counselor training programs is the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CU’s program is built in line with CACREP’s standards to ensure graduates meet national standards and have greater chances of employment across States and across settings. The program will seek CACREP accreditation in the near future.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for “Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors” is 22% through 2028, as is the outlook for “Marriage and Family Therapists.” Second, while the University will be primarily focused on training counselors for practice in the United States, the National Board of Certified Counselors, a leading professional organization in the field of counseling, as well as other sources in the professional literature, indicate a shortage of professional counselors worldwide.

3 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online


  • Understand the importance of and regularly practice self-awareness so that they are consistently growing in their emotional, relational, and spiritual health and better capable of helping others because of their own commitment to growth
  • Welcome and competently care for all people without discrimination of any kind
  • Exhibit effective knowledge and ability in the use of basic and advanced counseling theories and skills in individual, group, and marriage, couple and family counseling, among other settings and populations
  • Demonstrate consistent ethical character and behavior in all areas of counseling
  • Adapt to diverse and changing societal needs through continued education and marketability across clinical and ministry settings
  • Integrate counseling theories and techniques so that they competently and effectively serve society

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

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