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Earn Your Counseling MA Degree From NAU

Launch your counseling career with Northern Arizona University’s accredited master’s degree in Counseling. With the combination of classroom instruction, fieldwork experience and internships, this MA degree investigates mental and emotional disorders, relationships, and skill development. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets coursework requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and for national counselor certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Prepare For A Career As A Professional Counselor

Be ready for a rewarding career providing clinical instruction and guidance to families, couples, and individuals with this CACREP-accredited master’s degree. Job growth for counselors in Arizona is expected to increase by 30% through 2020. Choose to work in one of these Arizona mental health environments:

  • Individual and Family Services
  • Outpatient or Residential Mental Health Centers
  • State and Local Government

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2016-2017 academic year.


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Degree Information
60 units
Maximum Transfer Units
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 60
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study
Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

  • Professional orientation and ethical practice - studies that provide an understanding of all of the following aspects of professional functioning.
  • Social and cultural diversity - studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society.
  • Human growth and development - studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. 
  • Career development  - studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
  • Helping relationships - studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society.
  • Group work - studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society.
  • Assessment - studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society. 
  • Research and program evaluation - studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
  • Foundations, contextual dimensions and practice in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

See the full list of Student Learning Outcomes


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Responses to specific essay questions
Master's Requirements
  • This 60-unit program prepares you, through classroom instruction, fieldwork experience, practice, and internships, to become an applied general practitioner with a unique educational-developmental orientation to work within social, mental health, and human service agencies. We offer this program at Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff and through some of our statewide offices.

    This plan meets the coursework requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and for the national counselor certification of the National Board for Certified Counselors.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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Department Information
Learn more about this program and the Department of Educational Psychology.