Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed for the working professional who seeks to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to become an exceptional professional advocate in the fields of clinical health counseling and school counseling.

You can become a compassionate, skilled clinical mental health counselor equipped to support communities or a school counselor who can respond to unique mental health challenges among youth in a complex world. The practicums and internship courses in our program involve actual counseling experiences. You will provide counseling services for real people, with real needs, as you integrate the skills and knowledge of the counseling experience at a program-appropriate field site.

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MAC Calendar - 3 year program

Year Masters Degree

Complete in 3 years.

100% Online Classes

Online Program*

Requires one week of in-person on-campus counseling skills lab during the summer each year

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$525 Per Credit

Special Fees
$750 per summer Counseling Lab Fee
$250 Supervision Assist Fee

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Application Deadline - MAY 18, 2024
Next program starts MAY 28, 2024
Program starts 3 times per year

Developing Advocates for a Transformative Impact

Do you want to seek licensure or certification?

Become a self-aware, reflective counselor with sound practical, ethical, and relational skills and the personal and professional disposition necessary to work in various settings in a dynamic world with diverse individuals. 

Look no further than our Master of Arts in Counseling program.

  • Online program* with regular optional live virtual classes
  • In-person counseling labs on campus during the summer
  • Cohort model so students progress through the program together
  • Flexible scheduling designed for the working professional
  • Complete your degree in as little as 2-3 years or 5-8 semesters
  • Discounts are available for C-SC alumni or through select employers
  • Out of state students can view more information about our NC-SARA affiliation

*This degree is designed to provide online asynchronous instruction. However, the teaching modality cannot be guaranteed.

Career Outlook

The Possibilities are Endless


This program is aligned with the standards for the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation, which provides the highest standards in counselor education to provide quality training programs. CACREP requires programs to graduate the first cohort of students before offering accreditation. The program plans to apply for CACREP accreditation as soon as the application is allowed (once the program has produced its first graduates).

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14% Job Growth

projected for 2020-2030 in Missouri

Average Salary Of $44,980

in Missouri

The C-SC Difference

Culver-Stockton College’s Master of Arts in Counseling offers a high-quality program in a convenient learning format taught by experienced faculty at an affordable price.

Many students opt for online learning to better balance family, employment, and other commitments. Students will have the convenience of online learning with regular optional live virtual classes as well as the benefits of intensive counseling labs to develop and strengthen counseling skills. Culver-Stockton College’s program offers a low student-to-faculty ratio to promote and support the professional development of counselors-in-training intentionally. Graduates of the Culver-Stockton College Master of Arts in Counseling program will gain unique experiences to transform their careers and the lives of the clients they serve.

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On your path to success

The Master of Arts in Counseling program features two specializations: Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. The curriculum is designed for the working professional or the traditional undergraduate student who desires to enter the workforce with an advanced degree.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) - Gain the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a variety of circumstances within the clinical mental health counseling context.

School Counseling (SC) - Gain the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of K-12 students.

Dual Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling - Complete all requirements for both specializations to broaden your knowledge base and scope of practice.

Program Curriculum (60 Credit Hours)

This degree is designed to provide online asynchronous instruction. However, the teaching modality cannot be guaranteed.

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Admission Information

Application Due Date Document Submission Deadline Program Start
August 9, 2024 August 16, 2024 August 26, 2024
December 16, 2024 December 20, 2024 January 6, 2025
May 9, 2025 May 16, 2025 May 27, 2025

Cost & Financial Aid

discount on Graduate Degree Tuition for Alumni of Culver-Stockton College.

Discount on Graduate degree tuition to full-time employees at many local and regional organizations.

Only one discount may be applied.

Financial Aid

C-SC students can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for unsubsidized loans. Apply for Federal Aid, visit

Interest-free payment options are also available through the College. Call 573-288-6492 for more information.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS YOUR Master of Arts in Counseling Degree

Take the next step in your journey at Culver-Stockton College. We're here to help you get started on your degree. 

Your Academic Success Team

You’re never alone in your education. Learn more about the people who are here to help you take the next step in your career.

Shauna Stolte

Meet Shauna Stolte

Graduate Admission Counselor

After you express interest in our programs, our trained Admission Counselor, SHAUNA STOLTE, is ready to help you through the application process. Shauna will also give you guidance regarding the admissions, transcripts, transfer credits, and more.

Angie Kay

Meet Angie Kay

Graduate Advisor

Once you’re accepted our dedicated Online Advisor ANGELA KAY will assist you in applying your past educational experiences to our program and will create a unique plan of study just for you, giving you the confidence so that you register for the right classes on your academic journey. Our online advisor builds a personal connection with every student and will help you stay on track. You'll always have someone looking out for you.

Kendra Scifres

Meet Kendra Scifres

Graduate & Professional Studies Recruitment and Advising Director

As the Graduate and Professional Studies Recruitment and Advising Director, KENDRA SCIFRES, primary goal will be to champion the success of our students at every stage of their academic journey. Her mission is to provide support and resources to graduate and professional students, guiding them towards fulfilling careers and meaningful contributions to society. Kendra, will also be working to drive the development of mutually beneficial relationships with corporations and organizations to provide information about Culver's online programs to interested employees.

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