Start a Meaningful Career with the Master's in Clinical Counseling Degree Program
The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program at Charleston Southern University is a terminal degree intended to prepare students for clinical practice as Licensed Professional Counselors. The program 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. Full details and curriculum can be found in the graduate catalog.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) for Counselors (National Board of Certified Counselors). Upon completion of this degree, passing the boards (NCE), and completing supervisory training, a student will be able to apply for licensure in the majority of states in which they wish to practice.
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Fully Online Clinical Counseling Degree Option
CSU will continue a traditional in-person track for clinical counseling students, which offers quality interaction with professors, class discussion and skills training. We also offer an online synchronous cohort track, maintaining the same quality of counselor development but allowing students to participate from any state. Students who elect the online option for continuing their education will NOT be required to come to campus at any time during the program, making this a unique non-traditional option for prospective students.
Most courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals and their schedules. For the online track, live classes will require two afternoon/evenings per week.
Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.
The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Program plans to submit an application for accreditation to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 2023.
Your next step to
becoming a student
- Graduate Application (No Application Fee)
- Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*
- Two online recommendations (be prepared to submit reference names and contact information on the online application)
- Goals Statement
*Applicants with lower GPA may be considered based on other factors such as life experience.
Learn Clinical Counseling From a Biblical Perspective
The Clinical Counseling program at Charleston Southern University is unique in its integration of faith and counseling knowledge as it seeks to train future clinicians who are clinically competent and biblically sound counselors.
What is a Licensed Professional Counselor?
Students who obtain a Masters in Clinical Counseling degree are academically prepared to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). LPCs are mental health service providers who are trained to work with individuals, groups, couples, and families to treat a variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. LPCs can provide services in a variety of settings including:
- Private practices
- Schools, universities, and colleges
- Mental health and social service agencies
Practicum & Internships
A practicum experience of 100 hours with a minimum of 40 hours of direct client services and an internship of 600 hours with a minimum of 240 hours of direct client service are required as part of the 60 course credits in the final year of the program. The Clinical Coordinator for the program will work with students to ensure placement at clinical sites that meet the standards of the program and the needs of the individual student. Online students will be assisted in finding placements within their communities as well.
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 ’22
In the Clinical Counseling program, you’ll take courses like…
- Social and Cultural Foundations
- Human Growth and Development
- Counseling and Personality Theories
- Introduction to Family Dynamics
- Advanced Training in Addiction Treatment
Clinical Counseling Program Director, Assistant Professor of Counseling
Health Science Building
The faculty offices for the Department of Clinical Counseling are housed in the Health Science Building. In-person classes are held in a variety of locations on campus including the Health Science Building, Derry Patterson Wingo Hall, and the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership.