Online Master of Counseling Curriculum

Wake Forest students are known for having extraordinary pass rates on exams and going on to hold meaningful, respected human services positions across the globe. Graduates of the program also have a history of high acceptance rates in reputable doctoral programs. This success can be attributed to the dedicated faculty; the motivated, hardworking students; and the challenging curriculum at Wake Forest.

Online Master of Counseling (60 credit hours)


The MAC program provides knowledge in eight areas: human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program evaluation, and professional orientation. The program also offers clinical instruction with practicum and internship experiences.

Foundation Courses

12 Credit Hours | 4 Courses

Both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling students will take these courses.

CNS 721Research and Statistical Analysis in Counseling3 Credits
CNS 740Professional Orientation to Counseling3 Credits
CNS 741Theories and Models of Counseling3 Credits
CNS 748Life Span Development: Implications for Counseling3 Credits

Core Courses

18 Credit Hours | 6 Courses

Both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling students will take these courses.

CNS 737Basic Counseling Skills and Techniques3 Credits
CNS 739Advanced Counseling Skills and Crisis Management 3 Credits
CNS 742Group Procedures in Counseling3 Credits
CNS 743Career Development and Counseling3 Credits
CNS 747Cultures and Counseling3 Credits
CNS 773Family Counseling 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration Coursework

Clinical Mental Health: Beginning Practice Courses

8 Credit Hours | 3 Courses

CNS 738bClinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum3 Credits
CNS 771Clinical Mental Health Counseling3 Credits
CNS 786Consultation and Program Development in Counseling3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health: Advanced Practice Courses

22 Credit Hours | 8 Courses

CNS 736Appraisal Procedures for Counselors3 Credits
CNS 744bClinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I 3 Credits
CNS 745bClinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 Credits
CNS 762Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3 Credits
CNS 765Addiction Counseling3 Credits
CNS 770Classification of Mental & Emotional Disorders3 Credits
CNS 780Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling 3 Credits
CNS 790Professional Identity Capstone Course2 Credits

School Counseling Concentration Coursework

School Counseling: Beginning Practice Courses

8 Credit Hours | 3 Courses

CNS 738aSchool Counseling Practicum3 Credits
CNS 749School Guidance and Counseling3 Credits
CNS 786Consultation and Program Development in Counseling3 Credits

School Counseling: Advanced Practice Courses

22 Credit Hours | 8 Courses

CNS 736Appraisal Procedures for Counselors3 Credits
CNS 744aSchool Counseling Internship I3 Credits
CNS 745aSchool Counseling Internship II Counseling Children3 Credits
CNS 746Counseling Children3 Credits
CNS 760Issues in School Counseling3 Credits
CNS 765Addiction Counseling3 Credits
CNS 780Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling 3 Credits
CNS 790Professional Identity Capstone Course2 Credits