MA in Counseling Graduate Success

MAC program graduates seeking counseling positions are high achievers who are sought after by regional employers.

Licensure and Job Placement

100% of the graduates who have reported to the MAC program in the past five years have passed their licensure exam. Of the graduates reporting since 2009, 91% have secured jobs in the counseling profession. 100% of the 2017 graduates secured jobs within three months of graduation.

Residency Hours

Upon graduation, a majority of our alumni pursue licensure and register for the 3,400 hour (including 2,000 direct hours) residency required by the Virginia Board of Counseling. Following completion of residency hours, residents must be approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling to sit for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.

Cohorts and Completion Rate

Approximately 45 full-time and part-time students are enrolled in the program on a yearly basis. We also accommodate students who are working professionals and need to extend their coursework/training. Our full-time students complete the program in two years, including a summer session, and our part-time students complete the program in three years, including a summer session.

Eighteen students were admitted to the 2014-15 MA in Counseling cohort and 16 of these students graduated spring 2017 or are expected to graduate in spring 2018.

See what counseling alumni say about their experience at EMU.

CACREP Accreditation

CACREP Accreditation

EMU’s Master of Arts in Counseling program is accredited in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students graduating with a CACREP-accredited degree can more often easily achieve state counseling licensure and experience greater ease of license portability between state licensing boards. Students with CACREP-accredited counseling degrees are often considered exceptional candidates for doctoral programs.

For more information about the counseling profession, contact the American Counseling Association.


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