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GCU is a private Christian university. We are dedicated to helping our students change their lives for the better through education. Our experienced faculty and staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure you reach your goals.

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You already have the tools you need to change your life. Let GCU teach you how to use them so you can reach your full potential through education.

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I can honestly say Grand Canyon University is the best place to earn your graduate degree. GCU is different than any other university. The online education is excellent. The professors and the professional staff always do their best to encourage the students to be successful.”

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I can honestly say Grand Canyon University is the best place to earn your graduate degree. GCU is different than any other university. The online education is excellent. The professors and the professional staff always do their best to encourage the students to be successful.”

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What degree do you need to become a counselor?

All states require you to hold a master's degree in counseling to become licensed as a counselor. You will need to work with the appropriate body in your state to ensure that courses from GCU’s online counseling degrees meet the requirements for licensure or certification in your area. GCU’s graduate-level online counseling programs were developed to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors and Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

How long does it take to become a counselor?

The length of time it takes to become a counselor depends on your prior education and experience, keeping in mind that you will need to hold a masters degree in counseling in any state to become a licensed counselor. If you are seeking an MS 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.

Online Counseling Master's Degrees at Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University offers a variety of online counseling master's degree programs to help you advance your career. Our online courses, offered through many of our distinct colleges, offer a values-based curriculum developed so that you receive the well-rounded education you need to take your career to the next level. Backed by the legacy of our traditional campus, GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions.

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Over 90,000 GCU students have chosen to pursue their degree online3

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Master of Science in Addiction Counseling

The online addiction counseling degree prepares you to treat those with substance abuse and dependency disorders. Study addiction, assessment and treatment, professional counseling theory and ethics, and how to counsel chemically dependent individuals.

GCU's Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).2

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Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders

Faith and spirituality are integral components of substance abuse and addictive disorder recovery. Christian substance abuse counseling focuses on integrating biblical principles and truths with evidence-based treatment modalities. The intersection of faith and addiction recovery can help give patients a strong foundation to move forward with a substance-free life.

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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

GCU's online master's degree in clinical mental health counseling is 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 become licensed counselors.

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Master of Social Work

GCU's Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills to apply social work principles, values and ethics when helping individuals, families and communities overcome various social and behavioral health issues. This program focuses on an advanced generalist social work practice to shape the social work practitioner.

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GCU's Online Counseling Master's Degrees

Expand upon your knowledge and step into a specialized counseling master’s degree. At GCU, we want your program to align with the causes you care about in the communities you serve. With a variety of emphasis options available, you can tailor your master’s degree program to your career goals. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to enter the human services field. Find a degree in mental health and wellness, addiction counseling or social work.

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1 Alumni from 1957 to April 2021. Includes students who have graduated and completed their program.   

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Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health and wellness are crucial for overall quality of life. However, people often need assistance to improve their mental and emotional resiliency. If you feel called to help others in this way, you can earn your MS in Mental Health and Wellness at GCU. You’ll learn the skills necessary to support others as they journey toward emotional and behavioral wellness.

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Master of Education in School Counseling

GCU's Master of Education in School Counseling degree program prepares individuals with a bachelor’s degree to pursue a career as a school guidance counselor and seek certification. A master’s degree serves as the next step for professional advancement in two impactful fields—education and counseling.

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