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Online Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

The Degree That Leads to a Rewarding Career. You Can Make a Difference.

  • Earn your degree in as few as 2.5 years
  • Choose from 3 specializations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling
  • High job growth — a 23.1% increase over the next decade1

The online Master of Arts in Counseling program helps you help students navigate the emotional terrain of getting their education. Learn how to empower people of all ages to overcome mental health hurdles, recover from drug addiction, and obtain or maintain a job.

What Makes Us Unique?

Graduate ready for certification. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specializations can sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling also prepares you to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Requirements for certification may vary by state.

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  • Duration 2.5–3.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $925
  • Credit Hours 48-60

Program Benefits

  • 3 In-demand Specializations
  • Graduate Ready for Certification

Choose How You’ll Serve — Three In-Demand Specializations

Through flexible online courses that don’t require any on-campus residencies, master the skills you need to develop your counseling career and become a leader in your field and a champion for justice.

You’ll choose from three Master of Arts in Counseling specializations to provide focused support in a critical counseling area:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Become a clinical mental health counselor and support clients of all ages and cultures as they overcome emotional health challenges. Work in government and non-government facilities, private practice, inpatient or outpatient agencies, and community organizations.
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling: Improve the lives of vulnerable populations such as the elderly, veterans, those suffering from chronic illness and disability, and recovering addicts. Gain the skills to help connect them with employment opportunities and more.
  • School Counseling: Help students of all ages get the most from their education by assessing and finding solutions to common behavioral and learning problems, promoting psychological health, and implementing effective career development planning.  Explore additional student resources for School Counseling.

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.

Career Outlook: A Life of Rewarding Service

Americans see counseling as a valuable part of life, with 42 percent reporting having seen a counselor at some point.2 The demand for counseling is projected to grow, in fact, mental health counselors are expected to rise 23.1 percent over the next decade.1

With each of our three specializations preparing you for certification in your area of expertise, you’ll be equipped to meet this great need and serve those who need your help most.

Careers in Counseling

Curriculum: Foundational Knowledge, Real-World Skills

While we are not CACREP-accredited, OLLU’s counseling curriculum was developed to meet the rigorous standards of the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Our experienced faculty deliver courses that combine foundational knowledge with practical, real-world skills. Over your time in the program, you’ll also prepare for focus-specific licensure or certification.

Please see your specialization’s details for specific certification info.

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Program Outcomes: Deliver Personalized Support

You’ll complete this program ready to:

Available Specializations

Focus your counseling degree on the area you’re passionate about with one of three specializations. Each includes practicum and internship requirements, ensuring you learn in the real world.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

Learn to support people of all ages and backgrounds as they confront mental health challenges to improve their lives.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): School Counseling Specialization

Prepare to help students overcome challenges to meet their potential and find success.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization

Put your passion to work and learn to help people overcome the complications of disability with holistic care.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Our Lady of the Lake University, you’ll need to submit:

Applicants who do not meet all requirements of the ideal candidate are still encouraged to apply. Each admissions decision is based on a holistic review of your application package.

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Tuition Details

This 48–60-credit-hour program costs $925 per credit hour. Furthering your career with an education from OLLU is an investment in your future. Find full tuition details at the link below.

Full Tuition Details

Faculty: Tap Into Our Wealth of Expertise

The faculty in OLLU’s MA in Counseling program are seasoned experts who have operated practices and held specialized roles.

They have real-world expertise confronting issues around mental health, eating disorders, behavioral disorders, special education, and substance abuse in residential programs, family practice, schools, group homes, treatment centers and other settings.

In your time at OLLU, you’ll have the opportunity to forge personal connections and receive one-on-one mentorship through hands-on learning.

OLLU Faculty

Why Online Learning

Learning online with OLLU is just as engaging as our on-campus programs — the only difference is the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. Connect with lively discussion groups, complete your assignments and interact with your professors from wherever you prefer to work.


Financial Aid

Seeking financial aid is a great way to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of getting your new degree — in fact, 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid to ease their transition back to school.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 855-275-1082.

If you take two courses every 14 weeks, you can complete:
  • the School Counseling concentration in 2.5 years
  • the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling concentrations in 3–3.5 years.

Total tuition estimates are as follows and do not include the cost of books and fees:

  • School Counseling specialization, $44,400
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specializations, $55,500

While we are not CACREP-accredited, our curriculum is designed according to the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards.

Yes. You can choose from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling specializations.

The program requires 600 hours of internship experience and 100 hours of practicum experience for all specializations.

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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.


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  2. Barna (2018 February 27). Americans Feel Good About Counseling. Retrieved October 29, 2019, from