What will I learn?

The mission of the Webster University graduate professional counseling degree program is to provide high-quality learning experiences to students, helping them become expert professional counselors who strive for individual excellence and contribute to an enhanced quality of life in local, national and global societies. Curriculum is culturally inclusive, training students with a strong base of knowledge and skills to practice effectively in a variety of careers in the field of mental health and human service, educational institutions, private practice, and government, business and industrial settings. It is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, practice and skills for working with individuals, couples, children, families and groups in a variety of mental health settings.

The MA in counseling professional degree program offers emphases in clinical mental health counseling; school counseling; couples, marriage, family and child counseling; and community counseling. Note that not all emphases are offered at all campuses.

The MA in counseling at Webster University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis, available at the home campus in St. Louis, Missouri and the South Carolina campuses in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia, is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours of coursework)

Tuition fees
USD $650 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 15 July 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 15 August 2022

Venue

Columbia Metropolitan Campus

100 Gateway Corporate Blvd.,

COLUMBIA,

South Carolina,

29203, United States

Full Time (60 credit hours of coursework)

Tuition fees
USD $750 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 15 July 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 15 August 2022

Venue

Fort Bliss Campus

Building 632 Taylor Street,

FORT BLISS,

Texas,

79906, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants considered for admission to graduate studies at Webster University must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution recognized by Webster University, and meet all program admission standards. Applicants who have a completed baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution must satisfy program requirements or requisites, including a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at their baccalaureate degree granting institution for full admission.

For international students

Applicants considered for admission to graduate studies at Webster University must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution recognized by Webster University, and meet all program admission standards. Applicants who have a completed baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution must satisfy program requirements or requisites, including a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at their baccalaureate degree granting institution for full admission.

English language proficiency requirement:

TOEFL: iBT: 80
TOEFL: oBT: 550
IELTS: Academic: 6.5
Duolingo: 120
Pearson: 53
Cambridge Academic English: 176
Password: 6.5
GTEC: 1201
iTEP: 3.9

Additional Requirements

Requirements for admission to the MA in counseling program include:

Bachelor's degree and strict adherence to a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (2.75 for school counseling) or better on a 4.0 scale. For school counseling applicants, the cumulative GPA is calculated using all college-level coursework, regardless of whether or not the coursework was applied to a degree program.
Official transcripts from all universities, colleges and professional schools. Students currently pursuing their baccalaureate degree may submit an official transcript-in-progress for admission consideration.
Three professional references (not friends or relatives, and one should ideally be a former professor/instructor). References are requested through the application.
Essay* (minimum of three pages, double-spaced) addressing personal and professional interests in the professional counseling field; personal background and work history related to counseling field; career goals in the field; and aptitude for succeeding in graduate level education.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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