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Master's degree in counseling

School or Professional Counseling

Concordia's counseling program shows you how to focus on the mind, body, and spirit of every individual you will treat. Develop your counseling skills, and embody genuine respect and a mindset of empathy for every counseling session.

Our top-ranked counseling program is primarily online, with some courses requiring face-to-face interaction to better develop your counseling and listening skills. Select from two different pathways based on what fits your interests and career goals:

  • Professional Counseling - Earn your endorsement for the Licensed Professional Counselor In Training (LPC-IT). You will be prepared to take the National Counselors Examination (NCE) and complete your post-master's supervised externship hours to earn your professional counseling license.
  • School Counseling - Earn your School Guidance Counselor license for Wisconsin and work with K-12 students.


Quick Facts

Online format

Primarily offered through 8-week online courses with 2 in-person courses we'll work with you to schedule

Practicum Hours

Flexible practicum options with guidance while selecting your practicum placement

Rolling admissions

Enroll at anytime with new courses beginning every 8-weeks

Licensures Certifications

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Frequently asked questions

In short, yes! While we prefer undergraduate degrees in sociology, social work, psychology, education, nursing, ministry, human services, criminal justice, etc., there are no required undergraduate degree or prerequisites to begin your career in counseling.

Here are the basics:

Professional Counseling: 700 hours (100 hours field-based experience + internship I 300 hours + internship II 300 hours = 700 hours. 

School Counseling: 600 hours (200 elementary school, 200 middle school, 200 high school). Keep in mind you should be focusing on whatever your supervisor counselor is doing. 

Substance Abuse Counseling: 2000 hours in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse field. Open to both School and Professional Counseling students. Professional Counseling students can embed the 2000 hours into their 3000 hours post-master's.

While our standards often qualify students for licensure in other states, students looking to practice counseling outside of Wisconsin should make sure the program meets the licensing requirements of the state in which they plan to work.

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