Mission Statement

The mission of the Marshall University Counseling Program is to prepare aspiring Counselors to serve their communities and schools as ethical, competent, and culturally sensitive practitioners.


The Counseling Department is located in the College of Education and Professional Development, co-located on the Huntington and South Charleston campuses of Marshall University.

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. We encourage you to review this site and contact us with any questions you have. In our 60-hour program, we prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to meet the challenges associated with entry into the field of Counseling as Professional Counselors.

Program graduates in the Clinical Mental Health Emphasis are eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling when they complete post-graduate supervision and pass the National Counselor Exam.

Program graduates in the School Counseling Emphasis are eligible to apply for both the LPC-WV license through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling—when they complete post-graduate supervision and pass the National Counselor Exam, and the Pre-K—Adult School Counseling Certification through the West Virginia Department of Education upon graduation and by passing the PRAXIS II Professional School Counselor Examination (#5421).

In addition to these two major areas of emphasis, we offer a five-course Graduate Certificate Program in Violence, Loss and Trauma Counseling, currently the state’s only graduate level initiative providing a sequential, specialized professional development opportunity for mental health professionals focusing on traumatology and trauma-informed mental health counseling.

Course Delivery

The Counseling Program is committed to reaching students across the state who are wanting to continue their graduate education. The Program is offered in a hybrid format with a mixture of live, face-to-face class meetings and online content delivery. Several courses in the program are delivered as fully online courses and several are taught with 3-5 class meetings over the course of the semester and the remaining content online. Live classes are taught in the evening (4 pm or later) on both campuses, but may or may not be offered on both campuses each semester. The Schedule of Courses on the university webpage will help you determine when and where those live meetings will be held.

When a student enters the clinical courses (COUN 607 Counseling Techniques, 608 Practicum, & 691/698 Internship) classes will meet a minimum of every two weeks to satisfy group supervision requirements. With a pressing need and satisfactory level of comfort with the technology, Program faculty members may be willing to offer a few of those meetings electronically via secure video-conferencing technology. Primarily this will be entertained when the weather prohibits travel, or time constraints make it difficult to travel great distances to get to class and still be able to meet the requirements of the field placement.

Admissions criteria and documents can be found under the Admissions link on the Program website at

Admission Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

The counseling program welcomes applications for admission all year on the following schedule:

Complete application received by                Admission will be considered for

June 2 – October 1                                                     Spring semester

October 2 – March 1                                                  Summer semester

March 2 – June 1                                                        Fall semester

Interview Dates:

Interviews for Fall applicants will happen on the 2nd Monday in July from 2-4 pm (Perhaps later depending on the number of applicants.)

Interviews for Spring applicants will take place on the 3rd Monday in October from 2-4 pm (Perhaps later depending on the number of applicants.)

Interviews for Summer applicants will take place on the 2nd Monday in April from 2-4 pm (Perhaps later depending on the number of applicants.)

Review your admissions checklist to be certain your file is complete by the application deadline so you can participate in these interviews. If you are unable to come to the interview, be certain you notify the Program Administrative Assistant or the Program Director as soon as possible.

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Contact: Lori Ellison
Assistant Professor
College of Education and Professional Development
South Charleston Campus, GC-232