60 Credit Hours


This program offers two tracks for students to choose from: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. The predominant professional accrediting body for counselor training programs is the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CU’s program is built in line with CACREP’s standards to ensure graduates meet national standards and have greater chances of employment across States and across settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of and regularly practice self-awareness so that they are consistently growing in their emotional, relational, and spiritual health and better capable of helping others because of their own commitment to growth
  • Welcome and competently care for all people without discrimination of any kind
  • Exhibit effective knowledge and ability in the use of basic and advanced counseling theories and skills in individual, group, and marriage, couple and family counseling, among other settings and populations
  • Demonstrate consistent ethical character and behavior in all areas of counseling
  • Adapt to diverse and changing societal needs through continued education and marketability across clinical and ministry settings
  • Integrate counseling theories and techniques so that they competently and effectively serve society

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Degree Requirements

  • The maximum time limit to complete the program is five years or 150% of the credits, whichever the student reaches first.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at CU.
  • Up to 50% of the required credit hours can be transferred.
  • Graduation is contingent upon the completion of 60 hours of prescribed courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.


Concentrations (Select One)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Marriage and Family Counseling Concentration