Master of Arts in CounselingMaster of Arts in Human Services

Serving Humanity through Positive Social Change

Skilled, compassionate counselors and human services professionals make a positive difference in the lives of others. The Wake Forest University online Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is designed to provide students with the working knowledge and clinical understanding to help those who need it most.

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Why Should You Choose the Wake Forest Online Masters in Counseling?

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A Spirit of Service

Deeply rooted in everything at Wake Forest University is our motto, Pro Humanitate. This dedication to serving humanity guides our programs and represents our continued commitment to the preparation of qualified professionals for compassionate service to humanity.

Exceptional Pass Rates

Since 1996, when the Wake Forest Counseling Program became CACREP accredited and eligible to hold campus administrations of the National Counselor Exam, 100 percent of the graduating students sitting for the exam have passed it. The average composite scores are consistently higher than the average composite scores for all CACREP-approved programs.

Highly Regarded

The Department of Counseling at Wake Forest is widely regarded as having one of the best master’s degree programs in counseling, While it is not eligible for consideration in the national rankings of counseling programs because it has no doctoral level program, it has twice been selected as the “Outstanding Counselor Education Program” by associations of other counselor educators, mental facilities and schools.

The Wake Forest University Counseling Program offers three online options:

The mission of the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is to train and mentor future leaders in research, teaching and innovation for serving humanity. To carry out this mission, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers three online master’s programs—Master of Arts in School Counseling, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Master of Arts in Human Services. All of the programs are facilitated by well-respected, award-winning educators who have a vested interest in mentoring students and an innate passion for helping all of humankind.

  • School Counseling

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Human Services

School Counseling

The Wake Forest University Department of Counseling prepares exemplary counselors to serve humanity. Whether you wish to become an elementary, middle or high school counselor, the comprehensive online Master of Arts in School Counseling program at Wake Forest prepares you to become eligible for state licensure as a school counselor – and also as a professional counselor, should you choose to do so. The need for qualified counselors continues to rise, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting a 19 percent increase in employment by 2020.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

No matter in which type of professional counseling setting you wish to practice, the comprehensive online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Wake Forest prepares you to serve others as a counseling professional. We provide a rigorous intellectual climate and a supportive atmosphere for personal and professional development to a diverse student body. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career area is estimated at 37 percent through the year 2020. Clinical mental health counselors can find opportunities in a number of different settings, including community agencies, behavioral health care facilities, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse treatment centers.

Human Services

The Master of Arts in Human Services (MAHS) program seeks to produce graduates who are skilled communicators and leaders. To achieve this objective, students take ten counseling courses that help develop the strong communication, empathy and leadership skills to effectively work with clients, staff, board members, policy makers, persons in other agencies and volunteers. In addition to this counseling base students take classes to learn critical administration skills for managing non-profits and human services organizations. This combination of counseling and management training can uniquely prepare graduates to move up into administration and leadership roles in the vast network of human services professionals.

Expand your Opportunities with a Masters in Counseling

Wake Forest offers graduate counseling students rich, diverse opportunities for personal growth and job experience. Both employers and doctoral programs seek Wake Forest graduates. Our students have worked in more than 60 different community agencies, mental facilities and schools.


Approximately 20 percent of the members of the 2004-2011 graduating classes from the Wake Forest Master of Arts in Counseling Program pursued or are pursuing PhD programs. Graduates now serve as faculty at institutions such as James Madison University, Rider University, and DePaul University.

Top 5 Rewarding Jobs for the MAC Graduate

A top counseling program can make all the difference in the world for a counseling professional, often opening doors to counseling jobs in a variety settings.

School Counselor

School counselors help children and teens cope with social, familial and academic pressures, providing support and encouragement that, for many, leads to a healthier and more fulfilling adult life.

Substance Abuse Counselor

Millions upon millions of Americans suffer from drug and alcohol dependency, often leading to serious physical and emotional trauma for the afflicted individual as well as for friends and family. Substance abuse counselors are specially trained to provide support for those who struggle with substance abuse.

Family/Marriage Counselor

The family counselor or marriage counselor is tasked with healing fractured relationships and building and strengthening bonds between spouses or among family members.

Career Counselor

A career counselor helps people answer the age-old question: “What do you want to do with your life?” and just as important, helps them identify helpful resources for professional growth and outline a career plan.

Crisis Counselor

When people experience a traumatic event in their life, such as a violent crime, grave medical diagnosis, or the sudden loss of a loved one, they are often left unable to refocus on their life. Often, a crisis counselor can help these people cope with the trauma they’ve experienced and become functional again.

Top 5 Rewarding Jobs for the MAHS Graduate

Nonprofit as well as human services organizations are in need of trained professionals to manage personnel, make budgetary decisions, and provide leadership. A Master of Arts in Human Services can help provide students with the skill set to successfully take on such roles.

Social Services Director, Adult Care Facility

At an adult care facility, a social services director’s role might include counseling residents and their families, overseeing the budget, and creating policy that creates the most comfortable environment for residents while making the best use of funding.

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator is in charge of all aspects of an organization’s volunteer operations. Responsibilities often include recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers to help the organization to better meet its objectives.

Nonprofit Administrator

Nonprofit organizations face unique challenges in the way they recruit employees and procure funding. A nonprofit administrator’s job is to manage a nonprofit’s daily operations under those constraints to make sure the organization is able to serve its purpose while staying financially viable.

Behavioral Health Case Manager

The behavioral health case manager oversees counseling and rehabilitation efforts for individuals with mental health issues to ensure that clients receive the most competent, compassionate care possible with the resources available.

Program Manager, Homeless Youth Shelter

Homeless youth centers offer housing and other essentials for those who need it most – homeless and at-risk children and teens. The managers of these organizations may be tasked with hiring and training staff, supervising and sometimes participating in counseling sessions, and overseeing the shelter’s finances and recordkeeping.

Compassionate and Award Winning Faculty

Wake Forest Counseling professors are more than a team of experienced educators; they have a passion to serve humanity that far exceeds the curriculum they teach.

They have repeatedly been among those responding to crises that affect the mental health of our neighbors near and far.

Wake Forest Counseling faculty members:

  • Responded to the mental health needs of victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Traveled twice to Virginia Tech University in the wake of campus shootings, serving as part of the response team, offering advice, support and consultation for the campus community.
  • Were at the nightmarish aftermath of 9/11, offering support services, crisis response and aid to the people impacted by the tragedy.

Dr. Henderson

Dr. Henderson has served as President of the Association for Counselor Supervision and Education (ACES) and of Chi Sigma Iota (International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society). She has written primary texts in counseling children and school counseling and has conducted trainings in New Delhi, Mexico, Turkey and Bhutan.

In 2010, the ACA awarded Fellow status to Dr. Henderson. This recognition is based on achievement in the areas of leadership and service to others.

Dr. Newsome

Dr. Debbie Newsome has served as Treasurer of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE).

Dr. Gladding

In 2010, Dr. Gladding received the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award from the ACA.

Dr. Gladding was awarded ACA Fellow status in 2008.

Comprehensive & Balanced Curriculum

Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides a stimulating academic experience for students to hone their people skills by learning about communication, listening, guidance and additional facets of human development. This program and its courses are designed to be completed in 3 years.

Foundation Courses—All tracks 12 credit hours
Core Courses—All tracks 18 credit hours
Counseling Specific Courses 12 credit hours
Total Foundations, Core and Counseling Specific Courses 42 total credit hours
Specialty Tracks:
Clinical Mental Health 18 credit hours
Total with Foundation, Core and Counseling Specific Courses 60 total credit hours
School Counseling 18 credit hours
Total with Foundation, Core and Counseling Specific Courses 60 total credit hours
Human Services 9 credit hours
Total with Foundation and Core Courses 39 total credit hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the common factors of the best online Master of Arts in Counseling programs?
A: The top online Master of Arts in Counseling programs feature reputable accreditation, coursework that is focused and empowering, enriching internship opportunities, and an accomplished faculty that is dedicated to serving humanity and teaching students to do the same. The Wake Forest online Master of Arts in Counseling meets these criteria.
Q: Does the Wake Forest online Master of Arts in Counseling allow students to specialize their education?
A: Yes. To help students gear their education towards their personal career goals, the Master of Arts in Counseling offers two distinct tracks: Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling.
Q: What accreditation has the Master of Arts in Counseling earned?
A: The Master of Arts in Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Further, the School Counseling track is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Q: Does the Master of Arts in Counseling qualify me to take the NCE Exam?
A: Yes. MAC graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification.
Q: What special qualifications does the Wake Forest faculty have?
A: The faculty for the Wake Forest University online Master of Arts in Counseling is made up entirely of accomplished counseling professionals, offering students the opportunity to work with leaders in the field, including a former president of the American Counseling Association.
Q: How many credits make up the Master of Arts in Counseling?
A: The Master of Arts in Counseling consists of 60 credits.
Q: How many credits make up the Master of Arts in Human Services?
A: The Master of Arts in Human Services consists of 39 credits.
Q: Will the Master of Arts in Human Services qualify me to apply for my HSBCP?
A: Yes. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Human Services will be eligible to apply for their Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HSBCP) credential.

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