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The Master of Arts in Counseling program offers students a rich and diverse learning experience that prepares them for opportunities in a wide array of professional counseling settings. Concentrations are offered in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. LRU sustains longstanding clinical community partnerships in both programs, furnishing students with vibrant practicum experiences.

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 Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North 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.




Program Highlights
  • 61 credit hours required for completion of both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling degree tracks.
  • Internships provide students with hands-on experiences working with seasoned professionals.
  • Convenient class schedules ideal for working professionals with online, hybrid, and evening classes.
  • Start any semester and complete the program at your own pace at any of our three campus locations: Asheville, NC, Hickory, NC, or Columbia, SC.

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


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Program Contact

Dr. Neal Gray

Associate Professor of Counseling, Chair of the School of Counseling and Human Services
Hickory Campus