Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Early Core Courses
COUC 500Orientation to Counselor Professional Identity and Function3
COUC 501Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling3
COUC 502Human Growth and Development3
COUC 504Multicultural Counseling3
COUC 505Counseling Techniques and the Helping Relationship 13
COUC 506Integration of Spirituality and Counseling3
COUC 510Theories of Counseling3
Total Hours21

Course offered in intensive format.

Advanced Core Courses
COUC 512Group Counseling 1,23
COUC 515Research and Program Evaluation 33
COUC 521Assessment Techniques in Counseling3
COUC 522Career Development and Counseling3
COUC 546Psychopathology3
COUC 601Theories of Family Systems3
Total Hours18

Course offered in intensive format.


A background check will be required


Student must successfully complete three hours of undergraduate coursework in statistics. Those who did not complete this course during their undergraduate program may fulfill this prerequisite requirement during the first two semesters of the program.

Specialization Courses
CEFS 670Comprehensive Exam - CPCE 10
CEFS 671Comprehensive Exam - Integration 10
COUC 604Crisis Counseling3
COUC 667Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning3
COUC 691Substance Abuse: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention3
COUC 692Counseling Practicum3
COUC 693Counseling Internship I3
COUC 694Counseling Internship II 23
Total Hours18

Counseling Comprehensive Exam prerequisites: COUC 500, COUC 501, COUC 502, COUC 504, COUC 505, COUC 506, COUC 510, COUC 512, COUC 515, COUC 521, COUC 522, COUC 546, COUC 667


COUC 694 may be taken a second time

Elective Courses
Elective 13
Total Hours3

Choose one of the following courses: COUC 791, COUC 792, or any 500-700 level CEFS, COUC, CRIS, or SUBS course

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than 2 grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam
  • Liberty University course work that is more than 10 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Resident & Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
COUC 500 Orientation to Counselor Professional Identity and Function 3
COUC 501 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3
COUC 502 Human Growth and Development 3
COUC 504 Multicultural Counseling 3
Second Semester
COUC 505 Counseling Techniques and the Helping Relationship 3
COUC 506 Integration of Spirituality and Counseling 3
COUC 510 Theories of Counseling 3
COUC 515 Research and Program Evaluation 3
Second Year
First Semester
COUC 512 Group Counseling 3
COUC 521 Assessment Techniques in Counseling 3
COUC 522 Career Development and Counseling 3
COUC 546 Psychopathology 3
Second Semester
COUC 601 Theories of Family Systems 3
COUC 667 Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 3
COUC 691 Substance Abuse: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention 3
COUC 692 Counseling Practicum 3
Third Year
First Semester
COUC 604 Crisis Counseling 3
CEFS 670 Comprehensive Exam - CPCE 1 0
CEFS 671 Comprehensive Exam - Integration 1 0
COUC 693 Counseling Internship I 3
Second Semester
COUC 694 Counseling Internship II 2 3
Elective 3,4 3
 Total Hours60

Counseling Comprehensive Exam prerequisites: COUC 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 510, 512, 515, 521, 522, 546 and 667


COUC 694 may be taken a second time


Choose one of the following courses: COUC 791, 792, or any 500-700 level CEFS, COUC, CRIS, LIFC, or SUBS course


COUC 602, 603, 610, 611 & 620 can be used to fulfill the 60 hour requirement for LPC in VA. These courses can be taken after the 4th semester (as long as COUC 601 is completed by this time), and may or may not be one-week intensives

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