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Counseling, M.A.


Transform your future. Make a difference in the lives of others with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.

The CACREP-accredited Master of Arts in Counseling program offers you a rich and diverse learning experience that prepares you for opportunities in a wide array of professional counseling settings.

Two 61-credit hour tracks are offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. You can also take the required classes in the other track in order to be eligible for licensure in both settings (clinical and school). Combining the tracks requires six additional credits for a total of 67 credits.

Lenoir-Rhyne sustains longstanding clinical community partnerships in both programs, providing you with vibrant internship and practicum experiences.

Designed for Working Professionals


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Balance work and life on the path to completing your counseling degree. Take classes at your own pace and on your terms—full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, or hybrid. 

You may begin program studies any semester—summer, fall, or spring term—at any of our three campus locations: Asheville, N.C., Hickory, N.C. or Columbia, S.C. Please note school counseling is only offered at Hickory and Asheville locations.

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Experience Professional & Personal Growth


The journey toward becoming a professional counselor is a rewarding one, ripe with opportunities for personal growth and professional development. Most graduates of counseling programs find that the training process transforms their own lives even as they are learning to be change agents in the lives of others.

Challenge Yourself


You will be introduced to new theoretical frameworks and ways of understanding human behavior. You will be challenged to examine your biases and reflect upon how your life experiences affect your work with clients. You will be asked to step outside your comfort zone as you practice new skills and explore new perspectives. And throughout the program, you will be supported as you develop your personal style of counseling.

In counseling, a master’s degree is the terminal degree to practice independently. Our program prepares students with a strong foundation in clinical skills training. Lenoir-Rhyne offers several skills-based classes, including advanced techniques, practicum and two semesters of internship.

Teena Brooks

My internship experience at local non-profits provided valuable hands-on experience and helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Teena Brooks, LCMHC, BC-TMH

Counselor Examination & Licensure


We are committed to developing professional counselors to work effectively and ethically with diverse clients in a variety of settings, including PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, community mental health centers, hospitals, as well as private practice and social services agencies.

Upon receiving a Master of Arts in Counseling degree, students meet coursework requirements for eligibility to take the examination to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina and South Carolina. Students satisfactorily completing the School Counseling program requirements and receiving a passing score on the PRAXIS specialty examination are eligible for licensure as a school counselor in North Carolina.

Career Paths


Clinical Mental Health Counselors

  • Counselor work settings may include: community agencies, hospitals, private practice, residential treatment centers, government agencies, VA, and faith-based organizations.
  • Trained to work with individuals, families, couples, and groups.
  • Trained in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders as well as helping clients struggling with normal, developmental issues, and life transitions. Help clients work toward personal goals and holistic wellness.

School Counselors

  • School counselors work in either elementary, middle, or high school settings. School counselors develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs (through the ASCA National Model) to support students in their academic, social/emotional, and vocational career development. School counselors wear many different hats and serve as liaisons between students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

Student Outcomes


The following table provides a snapshot of student outcomes during the 2019-2020 academic year for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program tracks.

Student Outcomes for 2019-2020 Academic Year
Degree Track Graduates Completion Rate Exam Pass Rate Job Placement
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 48 100% 100% 100%
M.A. in School Counseling 7 100% 100% 100%

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