Help people find mental wellness so they can reach their potential

Bluefield College is committed to developing highly skilled counselors to excel as community leaders, advocates, and practitioners who foster the well-being of society. Designed to adhere to the standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the online Master of Arts in Counseling degree program prepares working professionals for rewarding careers in Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling. The program features a cohort model and hybrid delivery of online and on-campus intensives three times per year. You will learn from our experienced counselors, prepare for certification and licensure, and discover how to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Graduates of our program will model compassionate service to individuals, the community and humanity.  

Clinical Mental Health Specialization

Focus on clinical mental health, substance abuse and addictions, and family/marriage counseling.



School Counseling Specialization

Learn to effectively guide, support, and communicate with school-aged children and at risk youth.


Both degree programs will seek CACREP accreditation and are pending SACSCOC approval. The School Counseling program has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education for the preparation of school counselors.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed admission application
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 for provisional admission status
  • Official undergraduate transcript showing degree conferred and major completed
  • Official transcripts showing any completed graduate coursework
  • Three satisfactory recommendations
  • A personal statement (2 page, double-spaced)
  • Current resume/CV
  • In-person interview with the School of Education and Social Sciences Faculty

Course List

CED5003Orientation to Professional Counseling & Ethics3
CED5013DSM Applications in Counseling3
CED5023Counseling Theories3
CED5033Counseling Techniques3
CED5043Lifespan Development3
CED5053Career Development3
CED5063Group Counseling3
CED5073Counseling Diverse Populations3
CED5083Addictions Counseling3
CED5113Appraisal in Counseling3
CED5123Crisis Counseling3
EDU5323Research in Education3
CED5133School Counseling3
CED5143Systems in Counseling3
CED5153Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
CED5163Expressive Arts in Counseling3
CED5173Integration of Christianity & Counseling3
CED5183Counseling Children & Adolescents3
CED5203Practicum (100 hrs)3
CED5204School (600 hours, elementary and secondary)12
CED5205Clinical (600 hours, 240 direct)12

Field Experience

Small classes led by experienced faculty provide you with valuable counseling experience through direct service in the field. As a student, you will complete a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship in or near your community. This combination of online and experiential learning will give you the skills and experience you need to successfully address the social and emotional needs of clients from diverse backgrounds.

Program Outcomes

  • Learn key counseling concepts from distinguished Bluefield College faculty
  • Gain supervised clinical experience at approved sites in your community
  • Evaluate clients with sensitivity to gender, class, ethnicity, and related factors
  • Be prepared to pursue licensure as a mental health counselor in your state