Starting your journey to become a clinical counselor

The Master of Science in clinical counseling at Charleston Southern University is a terminal degree intended to prepare you to engage in the practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling at Charleston Southern University hopes to apply for CACREP accreditation in 2022 as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. It is designed to educate compassionate and highly motivated individuals who will excel in providing client-centered mental healthcare, practicing as agents of change, serving as leaders in their communities and advancing the mental health profession.

The mental health training program is unique in its integration of elements of faith and counseling knowledge. Our goal is to develop students to be clinically competent and biblically sound counselors.

The Clinical Counseling Program at Charleston Southern University meets and exceeds South Carolina License requirements for a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

“By law, all applicants must have a 48 hour master’s degree or higher in counseling or in a related discipline, and the applicant must demonstrate on graduate transcript successful completion of one (1) three-hour graduate level course in each of the following ten areas and completion of a 150 hour counseling practicum.”

Our program includes 60 credit hours of graduate work that meets all the required content areas (see table below) and a total of 700 clinical hours experience, far above the 150 required by the State of South Carolina. This ensures that our counselors are well prepared for the challenges of the mental health field upon graduation. 

The state requires a three semester-hour or a 4.5-quarter-hour graduate-level course in each of the following 9 areas and completion of a 100-hour
counseling practicum:
CSU Course that Meets Requirement
Human Growth and DevelopmentCOUN 504
Social and Cultural FoundationsCOUN 503
The Helping RelationshipCOUN 545
Group Dynamics, Processing and CounselingCOUN 655
Lifestyle and Career DevelopmentCOUN 535
Appraisal of IndividualsCOUN 625
Research and EvaluationCOUN 520
Professional OrientationCOUN 542
Psychopathology or Diagnostics of PsychopathologyCOUN 502 and COUN 650

Choose 9 credit hours of electives from various options, including marriage and family therapy, child and adolescent therapy, addiction treatment, and Christian counseling.

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Charleston Southern University has received accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and hopes to apply for accreditation in 2022 from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Your next step to
becoming a student
at Charleston

Application Requirements

*Applicants with lower GPA may be considered based on other factors such as life experience.

**An undergraduate GPA of 3.5, another master’s degree obtained, or 15 credits of graduate studies with a 3.0 GPA may be substituted.

In the Clinical Counseling program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Psychopathology
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Counseling and Personality Theories
  • Introduction to Family Dynamics
  • Advanced Training in Addiction Treatment

Program Director

Angela Weaver

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200.

As a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a BS in psychology and sociology, I went into the workforce wishing I had the opportunity to continue my education at CSU and obtain a degree in counseling. Fast-forward 25 years, and here it is! I am so happy to be in the new program. The instruction, coursework, classmates, professors and environment are exactly what I hoped for and expected from CSU. I truly believe the Christian environment makes this program superior to any in the state. As a working adult with kids, the schedule has even been a fit for my life. We are learning so much so fast and already practicing our counseling skills.

Kristi Willis ’93 and MS Clinical Counseling student