The Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Counseling is a degree program for professionals.  Experiences provide the foundation in psychology theory, scientific research, and clinical practice.  In this context, students learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for today’s practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups.  Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare stu­dents for licensure in Professional Counseling in their resident state.  Students who graduate from the MA in Professional Counseling Degree program will be prepared to do therapy in a church setting, private practice, governmental agency, and community agency.  This program also prepares students for advanced studies in related fields.

Students may also consider taking additional courses for a dual licensure in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.  Students interested in a dual licensure should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Synthesize and utilize major theories recognized by Professional Counselors;
  2. Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity needs of clients;
  3. Demonstrate a practical, working knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional issues bearing directly on the practice of counseling as promoted by the American Counseling Association (ACA);
  4. Practice counseling through comprehensive Clinical Training
  5. Delineate systemic and environmental factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior.
  6. Evaluate the reliability and validity of specified assessment tools.


The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling may be completed in seven semesters.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

Practicums and Clinicals

Students, not Amridge University, are responsible for locating and making arrangements for their practicum and clinical experiences and courses.  As such, students should begin making the required arrangements several semesters before the semester of the respective student’s first practicum or clinical experiences courses.

All Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.  The student must apply to the Dean of the School of Human Services, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the dean via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form.

Email address is:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

Also, during clinical training, each student will accumulate a minimum of 500 hours of client contact, supervised by an additional 100 hours with an approved supervisor.  Normally, clinical training requires one full year (3 semesters) to complete.  Students who do not satisfy the minimum requirements in three semesters may take one additional semester of clinical training.



Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 60 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 33 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses.  This requirement includes the accumulation and documentation of at least 600 hours of face-to-face clinical experience.  Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 500 must be client contact, and a minimum of 100 must be concurrent supervision of that client contact with an approved supervisor, for a minimum ratio of 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of client contact;

4.    Students in the Master of Arts in the Professional Counseling program are required to earn at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course.  A course with a grade below a B- must be repeated;

5.   Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Special Notice Concerning Programs Which May Lead to Licensure

Amridge University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is an agreement in which among member states and institutions have established national standards for distance learning.  As a participant, Amridge University has agreed to provide the following special notification to all students enrolled in a course or program that customarily leads to professional licensure, or which a student could reasonably believe leads to such licensure.

Students who reside outside of Alabama and plan to enroll in any Amridge University online course(s) or degree(s) that may lead to licensure are individually responsible for verifying that the program in which they intend to enroll meets the requirements for licensure in their state. Amridge University cannot confirm whether a course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in a student’s state.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  Online students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensing body for which he or she will be seeking licensure to ensure that their intended program of choice will meet all eligibility requirements for certification or licensure.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy provides a listing of state licensure boards at the following link:  http://www.aamft.org.  Students are encouraged to contact the respective board to obtain the latest licensure information.

The National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCCA) provides contact information for state licensure boards in the area of Professional Counseling at the following link:  http://www.nbcc.org.  Students are encouraged to contact the respective board to obtain the latest licensure information.

Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of the School of Human Services for additional information regarding the licensure process at clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu or 800.351.4040, extension 7815.

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Professional Counseling consists of program specific courses.

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling  Sem. Hrs.
FT 7306 Community and Social Systems
FT 7310 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
FT 7320 Human Development
FT 7321 Human Sexual Development
FT 7322 Theories of Personality Development
FT 7323 Marriage and Family Development
FT 7326 Social and Multicultural Diversity
FT 7331 Marital and Family Systems
FT 7332 Counseling for Abusive Relationships
-OR- FT 7333 Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders
FT 7335 Advanced Therapy
FT 7336 Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships
FT 7337 Group Counseling
FT 7340 Assessment of Individuals and Families
FT 7355 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
PT 7300 PC Ethics and Professional Identity
PT 7350 Lifestyle and Career Development
PT 7370 PC Practicum
PT 7371 PC Clinical Training I
PT 7372 PC Clinical Training II
RS 6339 Research and Evaluation


Total Hours for Masters Degree 60
A student needing extra courses for Licensure or Certification may select from the following:
FT 7302 Professional Ethics and the Law
FT 7334 Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying
FT 7373 MFT Clinical Training III (if needed)


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  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Schools and Head Start Centers
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Universities and Research Centers
  • Courts and Prisons
  • Private Practice

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