Online Masters in Counseling programs offer working students the opportunity to earn a postgraduate professional degree which is a necessary component of working as a licensed counselor or counseling psychologist.[i] Counseling and therapy are types of treatments that are intended to facilitate well-being for those who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems or for those who are recovering from addiction, or have a mental health disorder. Aspiring licensed professional counselors (LPCs) learn how to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples or groups with specific counseling strategies and techniques. If you have the desire to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling but cannot commute to campus, an online counseling degree warrants consideration.
Online Masters in Counseling Program Basics
Online Masters in Counseling degrees are typically 2-year graduate programs which offer students the opportunity to prepare for licensure in their counseling specialization or continue onto a doctoral degree. Depending on the university and your program, you might be required to have first obtained either a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, or a related field. Other admissions protocols vary although commonly an application to graduate school involves submitting a personal essay, reference letters, transcripts, test scores and grade point average.
DID YOU KNOW? 49% of Rehabilitation Counselors have a Master’s degree. This group includes Job Coaches and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VCR).[ii]
Why Consider an Online Counseling Master’s Program?
An Online Masters in Counseling degree may appeal to students who have family duties, cannot commute or relocate near a CACREP accredited program, or have to balance a job with their education. Since a Master’s degree in Counseling is the minimum education for entry-level counselors and therapists[iii], online counseling degrees offer a certain convenience, in that they are web-based. In other words, you need a computer, you don’t have to be a commuter. Technology makes it possible to access online libraries, communicate via email, online chat forums or use webcams. If your program is 100% online, it means you get access to your courses (prerecorded) 24/7. Study when you can, respect assignment deadlines, and log in wherever you have Internet. This can be convenient, and give you some scheduling flexibility.