Program Overview

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers the Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling for students whose professional interests involve providing counseling for emotional and behavioral disorders that may impair students’ learning abilities. Students will develop the skills necessary to function as an entry level counseling practitioner or consultant for schools and other educational organizations. Through the program, students will form the basis for a career in psychology, counseling, and future academic challenges by promoting the psychological wellbeing of others through counseling.

Students will take part in a curriculum that develops their understanding of the theories involved in providing counseling services, with specialization in providing assistance to children and other learners. Those classes include counseling theories, introduction and foundation of school counseling, advanced school counseling and practicum, and psychological and educational testing and appraisal, among others.

Students will develop the skills necessary to work in the field of counseling through this program. These qualifications include the ability to demonstrate leadership in the integration of sound and ethical clinical practice, skills and techniques, to promote the enhancement of accurate self-awareness and understanding, to encourage professional development through participation and leadership in professional organizations, to demonstrate knowledge of studies in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, and to develop comprehensive supervised clinical experience in community agency and school settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    1. Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.
    2. Submit official copy of GRE or MAT test scores (unless career track admission applies)*
    3. Submit, in sealed envelopes, three (3) Recommendation Forms completed by professionals attesting to your ability. [PDF]
    4. Submit a writing sample clearly articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted your decision to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling.
    5. Submit a Resume

    School Overview

    Lenoir-Rhyne University is a four-year, private, liberal arts academy that is located in Hickory, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1891 by four Lutheran pastors. Lenoir-Rhyne University is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Lenoir-Rhyne University offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The school offers more than 60 different majors in a wide variety of career fields, and many master's degree programs are offered completely online.


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