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Emotional well-being is one of the most important keys to enjoying life and living it to the fullest. You can help others achieve this goal by earning your Master of Arts degree in counseling from Lindenwood University.

Counseling is a rewarding field that allows you to bring empathy and creativity to those struggling to cope with the challenges in their lives, including conflicts, transitions, career decisions, illness, and disability. Lindenwood’s counseling program has one of the best reputations in the area for preparing students for jobs in a wide variety of mental health agencies and schools in the St. Louis region.

We make it easy for you to fit graduate school into your busy schedule by offering our counseling classes in the evening at a host of convenient locations. You’ll get to know your professors one-on-one through our small class sizes, and all of our students get hands-on experience through countless internship opportunities in the fields of professional and school counseling. At Lindenwood University, your future improving the lives of countless others is within reach!

Lindenwood University Counseling Faculty

The counseling faculty at Lindenwood University are accomplished researchers and professional counselors who are dedicated to sharing their firsthand knowledge and years of experience in the field. Their small, more intimate classes enable you to form meaningful mentoring relationships with them and share your own views in insightful class discussions. With connections to a multitude of counseling agencies and organizations in the area, our faculty are great at helping you find the perfect internship and introducing you to other practitioners in the field.

Earning a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling at Lindenwood University

When you choose to major in counseling, you’ll take courses in personality theories, substance abuse counseling, family counseling, marital counseling, and adjustment and learning issues in children and adolescents. Our comprehensive program also allows you to specialize in one of two degree tracks in professional counseling or school counseling, depending on your career goals.

Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

The professional counseling track is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in any area of the counseling field and working with people of all ages, races, cultural backgrounds, and circumstances. It includes courses in grief counseling, analysis of the individual, and adult diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as two semesters of internship experience. This broad-based degree track will ensure that you meet professional counselor licensure requirements in either the state of Missouri.

Lindenwood University's counseling program submitted our application for Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation of our CMHC program in November 2020. Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available from CACREP.

School Counseling

The school counseling track will give you the tools you need to succeed as a certified counselor working with children and young adults in a school setting. School counselors typically assist with individual academic planning, provide student guidance counseling, offer consultation for educators, and collaborate with parents and teachers to ensure the emotional well-being of children and youth.

The school counseling track includes classes in human growth and development, family and school consulting, and lifestyle and career services. This track ensures that you meet the requirements for school counselor certification in the state of Missouri.

What Can You Do with a Counseling Degree

Graduates with a Master of Arts degree in counseling are fully prepared to work in a variety of school and/or mental health settings with individuals, groups, and families. Many go on to specialize in a particular area, such as marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, career counseling, and school guidance counseling.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that mental health counselors and family therapists often work in a private practice or mental health center. The demand for jobs in this field is expected to rise at a much faster than average rate through 2024 due to more insurance companies including coverage plans for mental health counseling. School counselor jobs are also expected to increase with an annual median salary of $53,660.


Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301