Bradley University

Master of Arts in Counseling – Professional School Counseling (PSC)


1501 W Bradley Ave

Peoria, IL 61625

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Counseling – Professional School Counseling (PSC)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others? Are you driven by a desire to help people overcome challenges and achieve goals? Are you looking for a rewarding career path in a growing field? If so, a career in counseling may be an ideal choice for you. All you need now are the specialized credentials to put your passion into practice. Get ready to earn them with Bradley University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program. Study with us, and you can do more than build your knowledge of counseling theory and practice. You also can explore the groundbreaking field of neurocounseling — a movement that examines the connection between brain function and behavior — and learn how to help those who need your expertise most.

Define your career in counseling by choosing a specialty track:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling – Professional School Counseling (PSC)

The innovative curriculum of our online MAC program expertly blends academic theory with real-world practice, allowing you to immediately apply what you’re learning in class to real-life scenarios.

Course topics include:

  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Counseling: Ethics and the Law
  • Neurocounseling: Bridging Brain and Behavior [Residency]
  • Career and Life Planning Across the Life Span
  • Crisis Intervention Counseling
  • Principles of Group Counseling [Residency]

Graduate with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from a top-tier university like Bradley University, and propel your future in a wide variety of meaningful careers. Here are several examples:

  •  Mental Health Counselor
  •  Substance Abuse Counselor    
  •  Veterans Counselor
  •  Marriage, Couples, and Family Counselor    
  •  School Counselor
  •  Guidance Counselor
  •  College Advisor
  •  Career Counselor

Additional Program Benefits:

  • Experience state-of-the-art distance learning technologies
  • Participate in two, one-week-long campus-based residencies
  • Explore the groundbreaking practice of neurocounseling
  • Choose your practicum location and site supervisor, with guidance and approval from the University
  • Become eligible to take the National Counselor Examination
  • Earn a respected degree from a top-ranked university

Bradley University Highlights:

  • #4 Among Regional Universities (Midwest) — U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges (2015)
  • #9 Best Value Schools, Regional Universities (Midwest) — U.S. News & World Report (2015)
  • “Best Midwestern College” — The Princeton Review: The Best 379 Colleges (2015). Only 15% of all four-year colleges receive this distinction each year, and Bradley has regularly been included on the list.
  • Military Friendly School — a designation honoring the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace U.S. military service members, veterans and spouses to ensure their success as students.

Admission Requirements:

If you meet our grade point average requirements, you’re eligible for admission into Bradley’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program — regardless of your academic background.

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours of your undergraduate coursework

You also must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Non-refundable $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts of academic credentials
  • Two short admission essays:

           -  Topic 1: Work experience and capacity for graduate study

           -  Topic 2: Career goals and means to achieve them through graduate education

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Online asynchronous assessment (located in the online application)
  • Virtual interview (located in the online application)
  • For Illinois residents pursuing Professional School 


            - Complete Basic Skills Course (096 and 300) or Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400)

In addition, international applicants also must submit:

  • Official transcripts certified by an officer of the institution or by a U.S. or local government official
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required)


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

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