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Counseling (MA) Program Overview

Mental wellness is an integral part of overall human wellness. Professional counseling is wellness-based support for individuals and families who may be experiencing a range of developmental, life, trauma, or other serious mental health concerns. Bluefield University’s Master of Arts in Counseling offers innovative and flexible learning to students who want to pursue a license as a school or clinical mental health counselor.

An Online Counseling Degree

Our master’s program in counseling offers a hybrid schedule, with flexible full-time and part-time options to fit your schedule. Our hybrid approach means you’ll attend synchronous online classes complemented by face-to-face intensive seminars. As professional counselors, our faculty values community, diversity, and inclusiveness and that extends to our approach to online learning. Our cohort models allow students to have the opportunity to engage with one another and our faculty through experiential learning, advocacy projects, and research. Our engaging online classes often consist of guest speakers from across the country who offer diverse points of view in clinical and school settings. Students will participate in a 100-hour practicum with experiences in clinical and school settings. In addition to this, students will complete a 600-hour internship in or near their community providing a capstone experience.

Our 60-credit hour programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Virginia Department of Education. As a Yellow Ribbon School, military personnel and first responders can take advantage of a special discount.

Are you ready to earn your master’s degree in counseling? We invite you to review the program’s admissions criteria and then complete our online application.

The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

Counseling Curriculum Syllabi are available for review upon request by all enrolled or prospective students. For more information please email Audrey Whitt.

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Ranked in the 15 best online master's degree programs for counseling.     Proud participant of the yellow ribbon program.     CACREP Accredited logo.     

Tuition: $495 Per Credit Hour
Next Start: August 2024 (Online)
Time to Complete: 2 years*

Time to complete can be reduced with prior learning and transfer credits

Available Grants & Scholarships

Our Mission

Bluefield University is committed to developing highly skilled counselors to excel as community leaders, advocates, and practitioners who foster the well-being of society.

What You Believe Is Important

Becoming a successful counselor is emergent based on the integration of theory, knowledge, skills, professional behavior, and integrity. As a program of quality, we believe in:

  • Creating a strength-based learning community that focuses on individualized development by demonstrating respect and acknowledging student’s inherent worth
  • Building a culture of accountability in which students demonstrate high professional standards for ethical behavior
  • Training culturally responsive counselors to work in diverse settings, with diverse clients, and to advocate for underserved clients
  • Consideration of lived experiences and the impact of crises, disasters, chronic stress, and trauma across the lifespan
  • Cultivating collaboration between students and faculty to be change agents for individuals, families, social and institutional systems, and the counseling profession
  • Promoting academic and clinical excellence by cultivating servant leadership among students in support of Bluefield University’s mission
  • Being good consumers of research, including the use of research to inform counseling practice


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Michael Takacs

Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Courtney Zongrone

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Courses &


Master's Degree (MA)
Major Requirements (42 Credits)

  • Orientation to Professional Counseling & Ethics
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Techniques
  • DSM Applications in Counseling
  • Lifespan Development
  • Career Development
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Appraisal in Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Research
  • Systems in Counseling
  • (Choose 1)
    • Expressive Arts in Counseling
    • Integration of Christianity & Counseling
    • Counseling Children & Adolescents
Concentration & Field Experience (18 Credits)

Choose your Concentration (2 Available)

  • Concentration – School Counselor
    • Practicum (100 Hours)
    • School Counseling (3 Credits)
    • School Internship I (300 Hours, Elementary)
    • School Internship II (300 Hours, Secondary)
  • Concentration – Clinical Mental Health Counselor
    • Practicum (100 Hours)
    • Clinical Mental Health (3 Credits)
    • Clinical Mental Health Internship I (300 Hours, 120 Direct)
    • Clinical Mental Health Internship II (300 Hours, 120 Direct)
Total Credits: 60

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