Master of Counseling

Type of Degree: Graduate

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Counseling Program! We are dedicated to educating, motivating and preparing highly qualified, ethically and culturally competent, professional counselors. You'll be provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to address client issues in a diverse and global society and tackle emerging issues in mental health and wellness. Graduates of our program can be licensed as professional counselors, professional clinical mental health counselors, or professional school counselors. Ready to get started?

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The 60-hour Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling concentrations are nationally accredited by CACREP through March 31, 2027. The Clinical Mental Health concentration has also been met the requirement for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board licensure. Additionally, the School Counseling concentration has been approved through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE); the Ohio Department of Higher Education until spring 2022; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Read more about our mission and objectives.

KITE Program

The MAC Program received a four-year, $1.3 million grant, in October of 2017, to train counselors to fulfill gaps and meet unmet needs in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The grant, titled Project K.I.T.E., will target the rural counties of Erie, Huron, Seneca and Sandusky and three urban cities, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus. Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, graduate counseling students in their final internship will be eligible to apply for a $10,000 scholarship during their field experience. 

Learn more about the K.I.T.E. Scholars Program.

Program Snapshot

  • Students have a 98% (on average) first time rate for the OAE School Counselor exam and the National Counselor Exam, which are used for licensure in Ohio.
  • Program completion rate is 98%.
  • Job placement rate is approximately 95% within one year after graduation.
  • Many opportunities for students to become involved in national and regional counseling associations. Students are actively engaged in Chi Sigma Iota national counseling honor society.
  • Diverse and distinguished faculty is comprised of award winning leaders in the field of counseling who have made significant contributions to the field and are active in the American Counseling and American School Counseling Associations and their affiliates both nationally and regionally.
  • Program utilizes a counseling lab for training purposes allowing students ample opportunity to develop and practice their counseling skills.
  • Curriculum offerings include online courses, evening face-to-face and 8-week classes.
  • Heidelberg ranks #1 as top masters degree in counseling in Ohio per Top Counseling Schools. (2016)
  • Program is rated #10 in top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited Graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Midwest. (2017)
  • Heidelberg ranked #28 in the Top 30 Master’s Degrees in Counseling in the Midwest. (2019)
  • Ranked in the Best 20 Masters in Mental Health Counseling Programs per Best Value Schools (2021).
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Students elect a primary concentration in one of two areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Students may also enroll in a license endorsement-only option completing approved academic requirements in the state of Ohio to be eligible for licensure in both clinical mental health and school counseling. This is not a second master's degree. 

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) offers a 60 semester hour program for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration and a 50 hour program for the School Counseling concentration.  Both concentrations are designed to meet the national academic and field placement standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage/Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board; and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE); and Ohio Department of Higher Education requirements for students who are seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and/or Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPSC).

Information for current MAC students, including handbooks and the orientation quiz, can be found here.

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