Counseling (MA)


This program is ideal for working professionals and recent graduates seeking to engage in a career that changes lives.




91 percentThis Master of Arts in Counseling provides a comprehensive understanding of different counseling approaches plus practical experience in helping clients assess emotional difficulties, develop insights and make lifestyle changes. The program cultivates deeper self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills—essential to anyone planning to help others. Graduates work in private practices and in diverse fields, including child, adult, couples, substance abuse and career counseling. They may apply their skills in human resources, healthcare, education, development and humanitarian settings.

In-depth and Personalized Learning

Students experience personal attention, in-depth instruction and a real-world approach to learning. They integrate theory and practice into professional counseling skills and experience an extensive practicum and internship (at home or abroad).

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Networking Opportunities

Counseling students are provided multiple possibilities to generate qualitative professional relationships during the program. They develop a useful network with professors and practicing therapists as they prepare to enter the international counseling community. Webster alumni also remain in contact with the program, thereby enlarging the network. Students also have the opportunities to meet highly respected, helping professionals invited to share their knowledge in class. In the addition, the Counseling department offers a series of public lectures, workshops and conferences. Participants may expand their perspective through international travel and study within Webster University’s network of campuses.

Conferences and Research

The Counseling program regularly hosts workshops and conferences on a rotation of topics.  In April 2018, the department is hosting a 2-day conference called "Trauma and What it Means to be Human", bringing together researchers and practitioners.  Learn more >

Students in the program have the opportunity to join the Psychology and Society Group (PSG) which brings together the research community within the Department of Psychology and Professional Counseling. Here they are able to learn about and participate in ongoing research projects and partnerships with other academic institutions and the local community.


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