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Program Overview

Whether you're already in the field or looking to make a career change, there's now flexible online Master's degree programs that can help you qualify to become you to become a licensed professional counselor. Through its Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, University of the Cumberlands offers a graduate program for those students aspiring to become Licensed Professional Counselors.

The online Master's in counseling program is designed to serve both recent baccalaureate graduates and licensed professionals who desire to broaden their expertise as mental health counselors in community settings.

The aim of this degree program is to provide students with the academic background and requirements that enable one to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The program offers students multiple options for completion of its requirements.

  1. Students with a bachelor’s degree who may have some counseling-related experience but who do not hold a counseling license are offered the Entry Level and Practicum Program option.
  2. Students who have already earned a license in a related field (alcohol/drug, marriage and family counseling, etc) are offered the Advanced Standing Program options.

If you are transferring from another graduate school, please also review our transfer credit policies.

Rolling Admissions

University of the Cumberlands reviews and accepts applications year-round. We operate on bi-semesters: two in fall, two in spring, and one in summer. Qualified applicants can begin classes at the beginning of any bi-semester.

Start working toward your goal of working in the field of mental health counseling today! Call 800.343.1609 or simply fill out the short Student Information Form

Core Courses

PSYOL 530* Introduction to Mental Health Counseling 3 credit hours
PSYOL 531* Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credit hours
PSYOL 532 Lifespan Development 3 credit hours
PSYOL 533 Personality Theories in Clinical Practice 3 credit hours
PSYOL 534 Lifestyle and Career Counseling 3 credit hours
PSYOL 535 Psychological Testing in Clinical Practice 3 credit hours
PSYOL 536 Counseling Research Methods 3 credit hours
PSYOL 537 Etiology and Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior 3 credit hours
PSYOL 538 Counseling, Psychotherapy and Consulting 3 credit hours
PSYOL 539 Counseling Diverse Populations 3 credit hours
PSYOL 630 Counseling during Grief and Crisis (also offered on campus (PSYC 630) 3 credit hours
PSYOL 631 Counseling Theory and Practice (also offered on campus (PSYC 631) 3 credit hours
PSYOL 632** Drug Abuse and Dependency (also offered on campus (PSYC 632) 3 credit hours
PSYOL 633 Group Counseling (also offered on campus (PSYC 633) 3 credit hours
PSYOL 634*** Marriage and Family Counseling (also offered on campus (PSYC 634) 3 credit hours
PSYOL 635 Child and Adolescent Counseling (also offered on campus (PSYC 635) 3 credit hours

Independent Study

PSYC 560* Counseling Practicum I (300 clock hours – 6 credit hours)
PSYC 660* Counseling Practicum II (300 clock hours – 6 credit hours)
PSYC 690**** Case Report Option (six case reports, 10-12 pages each) 3 credit hours
PSYC 691***** Master's Thesis Option (60-80 pages) 15 credit hours

*Course requirement shall be waived for students who have been admitted with advanced standing.
**Course requirement shall be waived for students who hold an alcohol and drug abuse license.
***Course requirement shall be waived for students who hold a marriage and family therapy license.
**** For students admitted with advanced standing, this course may be repeated up to 7 times for academic credit.
*****The master's thesis is optional for students admitted with advanced standing.

Note: If course requirement is waived, the corresponding units must be made up in Case Reports.