Which Counseling Program Is Right for You?

Walden offers three online master’s programs to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need for a career in counseling. Choosing the course of study that is right for you depends on your professional and educational goals.


M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Learning Styles

  • I want to learn to perform the appropriate counseling, remediation, and intervention for a variety of situations.
  • I want to understand the counselor’s role as client-advocate with families, agencies, and institutions.
  • I want to earn a CACREP-accredited M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online.

Career Focus

  • I want to advance mental healthcare for all citizens by adopting a cross-cultural approach to counseling.
  • I want a career as a mental health counselor, clinical therapist, or counselor in the criminal justice system, so I can effect positive social change.

Learn more about this online master’s program.


M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Learning Styles

  • I want to understand family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning in diverse cultural settings.
  • I want to gain experience in evidence-based practice to provide better, more informed care for my clients.
  • I want to study with professionals in the field who integrate their research and clinical experience into the classroom.

Career Focus

  • I want to work with families to address issues and resolve conflicts related to divorce, school problems, parenting, and violence.
  • I want a position as a Licensed Professional Counselor with expertise in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, so that I can enhance the well-being of children, couples, and families.

Learn more about this online master’s program.


M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Counseling

Learning Styles

  • I want to gain insight into various models of counseling (including group; substance abuse; career; and couples, marriage, and family).
  • I want to interpret and describe psychological theory and research from a multicultural and global perspective.
  • I want to prepare for doctoral study and qualify for licensure.

Career Focus

  • I want to apply psychological theory and research to real-world situations.
  • I want a position as a professional counselor or therapist where I can work in a variety of settings.

Learn more about this online master’s program.


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