Online Master of Arts in Counseling

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Make a Difference in the Lives of those in Need

At a time when so many in our society are experiencing hardships, we need caring counselors and human services professionals more than ever.

Wake Forest University’s Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Human Services online programs are dedicated to training highly skilled counselors and human services professionals, who are committed to serving the needs of their communities. In a variety of roles and settings, our students excel as community leaders, advocates and practitioners who model compassionate service to humanity and foster the well-being of society.

Well respected across the world, the Wake Forest counseling program prepares students for rewarding careers in clinical mental health and school counseling, as well as nonprofit and human services administration. As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most recognized scholars and professional leaders in the counseling profession and to interact with other students committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Why You Should Choose Wake Forest:

  • The Spirit of Service: We embody the spirit of Pro Humanitate (for humanity), with an abiding commitment to serve others.
  • A Clinical Skills Focus: Become an exceptional counselor and human services professional by honing your counseling and clinical skills within our rigorous academic environment.
  • A Student-Centered Model: We focus on supporting your mastery of the core and specialty areas you need to make an impact as a counseling and human services professional.
  • A Commitment to Excellence: You will discover well-defined goals and objectives, a variety of learning experiences and an environment focused on quality.
  • A Path to Certification and Licensure: Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) which leads to certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and graduates of the Master of Arts in Human Services program are eligible for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BSP) credential.

Wake Forest University's Counseling program offers three online options:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling — Clinical Mental Health
  • Master of Arts in Counseling — School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services

Learn More Today!

Complete this form to download a free program brochure. An Enrollment Advisor will contact you promptly.

Due to higher education regulation changes effective July 1, 2011, Wake Forest University is currently authorized to enroll students residing in only the following states and territories in its online degree programs: CO, CT, HI, MI, NC, RI, SC, SD, VT, VI (Virgin Islands), VA, TX, CA, GA, DE, AK, ID, MS, MT, NE, ND, and UT. In many locations, authorization is pending and students may likely be able to enroll in Wake Forest’s online degree programs. Please call our office to determine this status is you live in FL, PA, MD, ME, OK, AZ, IN, NV, WV, WA, DC, NJ, NM or PR.

Each state’s counseling licensure board determines the licensing requirements for candidates seeking a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation. If you wish to enroll in one of our online offerings and are located in NH, MO, KS or IL, please note that no purely online degree, including that offered by Wake Forest, is sufficient for licensure as an LPC in those states. However, this limitation regarding online courses does not apply to either the school counselor track within the Master of Arts in Counseling program or the Master of Arts in Human Services.

For a directory of state Counseling Boards go to:
For a directory of resources for School Counselor Certification go to: