Counseling (MA) Program Overview

Compassionate mental health service providers are more crucial than ever before. If you want a counseling program committed to developing well-trained mental health practitioners with the heart of a servant leader, this program is for you. Our Master of Arts in Counseling degree offers the option to focus on clinical mental health or school counseling on the Bluefield campus or through our partner located in Martinsville. No matter which location and specialty you choose, all students learn to respond to the needs of individuals and groups, advocate for social justice, and transform the lives of others.

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 on either the Bluefield campus or New College Institute in Martinsville, VA. As mental health professionals, our faculty values community, and that extends to our approach to online learning. We follow the cohort model, so students have the opportunity to engage with one another and our faculty through experiential learning, advocacy projects, and research. Guest speakers from across the country offer diverse points of view in our engaging online sessions. In addition to coursework, students complete 100 hours of practicum, with experiences in clinical and school settings. A 600-hour internship in or near their community provides a capstone experience.

Our 60-credit program adheres to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and learning outcomes. Our program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Virginia Department of Education. The program also prepares you for state licensure exams for counselor certification. 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.

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Online: August 18, 2021

Online Per Credit: $480



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

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

School Counselor
Academic Counselor
Marriage & Family Counselor
Mental Health Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor