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Counseling, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares counseling practitioners in two tracks of study, clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. This is a full time on-campus program. Although the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling specializations are on-campus programs, some courses may be delivered on-line (either synchronously or asynchronously). Students must have the aptitude to utilize digital learning platforms such as eCampus and Zoom, and the digital information tracking platform known as Tevera.

This program is one of two counselor education programs in the state of West Virginia that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduates of the master's degree in counseling at WVU are well prepared to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in West Virginia and many other states. Courses train students to work in a wide variety of settings. Graduates are proficient in individual and group counseling, are charged with honoring the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all clients, and across a wide variety of courses, are well-versed in trauma informed practices.

Settings in which counselors work:

  • Community mental-health centers
  • Adolescent treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Outpatient mental-health centers
  • Private practice
  • Elementary, Middle & High Schools (as school counselors and expanded school based mental health counselors)

Populations with whom counselors work:

  • Children & adolescents
  • Adults
  • Individuals struggling with substance abuse & addiction
  • Patients in psychiatric hospitals
  • Couples & families
  • Clients experiencing grief and loss
  • Clients in crisis or experiencing suicidal ideation

School Counseling

WVU’s school counseling program trains professional school counselors to work with students in pre-K-Adult settings. Professional school counselors provide comprehensive school counseling programs to all students. School counseling programs prevention and intervention services across a multi-tiered system of support framework. WVU school counseling alumni address the diverse and complex needs of children and adolescents as they progress across the developmental lifespan to prepare them for post-secondary opportunities. School counselors work with a wide variety of stakeholders including teachers, parents/caregivers, administrators, local business leaders, and community leaders to ensure preparation of lifelong learners and productive members of the community.

The WVU program trains students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques as well as how to plan, design, and implement a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program. Students learn to structure comprehensive school counseling programs based on both the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model as well as the West Virginia Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program Model.

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree with coursework in appropriate areas
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Complete Graduate Application
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation that highlight your capacity for graduate work and your respect for and/or skills related to honoring cultural differences
  • Personal Statement
    In addition to the Graduate Application we require a personal statement. Please include answers to the following questions in your personal statement. Upload the complete personal statement to your Graduate Application.
    • How has your interest in Counseling developed?
    • What is your present concept of Counseling?
    • What experiences (not necessarily, work related) have lead you to believe that you could work with people in a helping capacity?
    • Briefly describe your academic and professional goals as a Counselor (include your employment objectives).
    • Briefly describe your perspectives, respect for, and/or skills pertaining to cultural differences

    Consideration for part-time schedules is provided, however applicants must be able to attend classes during the day and complete a day-time internship. The Master of Arts in Counseling program does not offer courses online.

Application Deadline:

  • February 15
  • Admit once a year
  • Applicants will go through a paper screening and then individual interviews
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The School Counseling specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. The West Virginia Department of Education organizes and monitors the approval process for new licensure areas and changes to existing licensure areas offered through a preparation program. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is currently accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.