Become a qualified and caring counselor in an online program

Our online master's in counseling program offers two distinct pathways focused on helping you reach your full potential and walk with others who need wise counsel. Choose between our two pathways: earn your master鈥檚 degree in school counseling and work with K-12 students, or earn your graduate degree in professional counseling with the option to take courses in substance abuse counseling. No matter which path you choose, you will graduate prepared to begin your career as a counselor and help others navigate their lives faithfully in mind, body, and spirit.

Cost Per Credit$715
License Options

Professional or School Counselor


Start at the beginning of any 8-week session during the fall, spring, or summer trimester.

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Program Overview

This program focuses on developing the strategies and foundational skills you will need to effectively listen, support, and help a diverse range of individuals. We teach you to provide care to the mind, body, and spirit of the people you treat as a professional counselor or as a school counselor. Each counseling track has specific curriculum that establishes your expertise and empowers you to succesfully provide life-long service.

This is primarily an online program that is centered on 8-week sessions throughout the academic year. You can start at the beginning of any 8-week session as you work to earn your graduate degree in counseling.

There are (2) required in-person courses that will help enhance your counseling abilities and provide face-to-face time to learn from faculty and your peers. Skills and strategies for individual and group counseling are taught by practicing counselors or individuals that were counselors before entering academia. 

What to Expect

Licensure to practice for school counseling and professional counseling track are only for the state of Wisconsin. Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their respective state for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements. Students from outside of Wisconsin may earn a Master’s degree without teacher licensing for the school counselor track. 

Concordia University's Counseling Program prepares graduates to be ethical servant leaders who value the diversity of God's children and embrace social justice with compassion. Graduates help others to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in mind, body, and spirit.

Learning outcomes for school and professional counseling tracks:

  1. Integrate evidence-based counseling theories, techniques, and interventions into practice.
  2. Adhere to professional and ethical standards
  3. Actively engage in self-reflection and lifelong learning
  4. Serve clients according to their unique diverse needs
  5. Help clients to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in mind, body, and spirit
Concentrations / Specializations

Enroll in one of two tracks:

1. Professional Counseling LPC-IT (eligible for SAC-IT courses)
2. School Counseling WI DPI #7054

Only graduates from the professional counseling track are eligible for the SAC-IT (Substance Abuse Counselor In-Training credential through WI DSPS.

Licensure / Certifications
The professional counseling program track is an approved program by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and leads to a LPC-IT endorsement. The school counseling program track is an approved program by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for endorsement of a #7054 School Counseling license.

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