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Online Master of Arts in Counseling

Make a difference in the lives of others

In Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) online Master of Arts in Counseling, you'll master the skills you need to develop your counseling career.

Whether you want to help students navigate the emotional terrain of getting an education, empower people of all ages to overcome mental health hurdles, or support someone recovering from drug addiction as they obtain or maintain a job, this is the counseling master's program for you.

You'll choose from three impactful specializations — School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling — and tailor your learning to your goals, as well as the specific care you want to provide to your clients.

With a counseling curriculum designed according to 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards, this master's in counseling program immerses you in an industry-standard mix of both foundational knowledge and real-world skills you can put to work.

Choose How You'll Serve — Three Specializations

Your specialization will start you on the path to providing focused support. We provide three options:

  • School Counseling specialization (48 credits)
    Help students of all ages get the most out of their education by assessing and finding solutions to common behavioral and learning problems, promoting psychological health, and implementing effective career development planning. This specialization takes an average of 2.5 years to complete.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization (60 credits)
    Become a clinical mental health counselor and support clients of all ages and cultures as they overcome their emotional health challenges. You'll be prepared to work in government and non-government facilities, private practice, inpatient or outpatient agencies, and community organizations. This specialization takes an average of 3 to 3.5 years to complete.
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization (60 credits)
    Improve the lives of vulnerable populations such as the elderly, veterans, those suffering from chronic illness and disability, and recovering addicts. You'll gain the skills to help connect them with employment opportunities and more. This specialization takes an average of 3 to 3.5 years to complete.

No matter which specialization you choose, you'll graduate ready to apply for certification and prepared to care for the people who need you most. All three specializations include practicum and internship requirements, ensuring you learn in real-world settings.

Graduate Ready to Get Certified — LPC, CRC

Each of our three specializations is carefully designed to elevate your impact on the community of your choosing, so you can advance your career and prepare for certification in one of the following areas:

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specializations both prepare you to apply for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification and meet the LPC academic requirement for 60 credits.
  • The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization also prepares you to become a Certified Rehabilitative Counselor (CRC)*.
  • OLLU's School Counseling specialization prepares you for the Texas School Counseling certification as well as school counseling certifications in many other states.

Note that certification requirements vary by state**. Learn more about your career opportunities with a Master of Arts in Counseling.

Work With Supportive Faculty

As an OLLU student, you'll work side by side with instructors who have years of experience — both in the field and in the classroom. They're devoted to reinforcing the values of OLLU, and they're committed to helping students like you realize their educational and professional goals.

Meet your faculty for the Master of Arts in Counseling.


Our Lady of the Lake University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution that strives to foster spiritual growth in each student, along with the skills needed for career success.

Founded in 1895, we've established a deep tradition of service to underserved and disadvantaged populations, a commitment that ties into the important work you'll do with your Master of Arts in Counseling.

Plus, each of our online programs is designed to fit into the lives of busy working professionals. You'll complete one course every fourteen weeks and be considered a full-time student, so you can advance your understanding of counseling without disrupting your career or home life.

Discover More

Help people build a better quality of life with Our Lady of the Lake University's online Master of Arts in Counseling program. Call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.

*Additional requirements for CRC licensure may apply.
**Students who do not reside in Texas and are interested in becoming school counselors need to be familiarized with their own state requirements. Please check individual state requirements.

NOTE: Applicants seeking licensure are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license per the Texas occupations code HB 1508.