Grand Canyon University’s online counseling degrees prepare you to counsel clients from diverse backgrounds. Designed to ensure you are academically prepared to meet the requirements for licensure, our online counseling programs from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences help you prepare to become a counselor.
As a counselor, you will work with clients who are impacted by psychological, social, behavioral and emotional issues. Choose from a variety of online counseling degree programs at GCU, from our Bachelor of Science in Counseling non-licensure degree to our online master’s in counseling degrees, including the clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, addiction counseling and Christian-focused counseling emphasis areas.
Requirements To Become a Counselor
All U.S. states require a master’s degree in counseling to become licensed as a counselor. You will need to work with the appropriate board in your state to ensure that courses from GCU’s online counseling degrees meet the requirements for licensure or certification. GCU’s graduate-level online counseling programs were developed to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors and/or Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Find out more about GCU’s online counseling school programs from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Online Counseling Degree Admission Requirements
The length of time it takes to become a counselor depends on your prior education and experience. If you are seeking an online master’s in counseling, any undergraduate- or graduate-level coursework you have already completed may affect the time it takes to become a counselor. Once you earn your counseling degree, licensure requirements vary by state. Select the Request Info button at the top of this page to learn more about your opportunities at GCU and your options for transferring credits to one of our programs.
Earn Your BS in Addiction Counseling Degree Online
Pursue your calling with GCU’s BS in Counseling degree online with an emphasis in addiction counseling. Study foundations of addictive disorders, family dynamics, ethics, counseling theories and more. Many who earn this counseling degree choose to earn a master’s in counseling following completion of the program.
Online Christian Counseling Degree Program
Learn how to integrate Christian principles into your professional counseling practices with GCU’s Christian counseling degree online program. Develop a deep understanding of the gospel while learning foundations of counseling theory to help you prepare to counsel both believers and nonbelievers.
Online Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Emphasis Options
The College of Humanities and Social Science’s degree in clinical mental health is a licensure track program ideal for students seeking ways to promote mental well-being with a professional degree as a counselor. With four emphases to choose from, you have the ability to develop expertise in your preferred area of study. Upon completing the program, graduates are equipped to help people from diverse backgrounds find mental health and emotional healing.
Advance Your Career With an Online Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling
The online addiction counseling degree prepares you to counsel those with substance use and addiction disorders. The courses are focused on counseling theory, ethical practice, assessment and group counseling skill development. Or, choose a Christian online counseling program with an emphasis in addiction counseling to gain a strong biblical foundation while also learning how to help treat individuals with substance use and addiction problems.
FAQs About Online Counseling Degrees
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselors
2 Retrieved from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Work Environment in July 2022.