The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

24 months
13328 USD/year
13328 USD/year
3252 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Counseling program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Addiction Counseling.  In addition, the program offers an additional secondary Play Therapy concentration.


All concentrations of the Counseling program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte qualify graduates to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in the state of North Carolina.  Graduates can also apply for credentialing as an Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

The School Counseling concentration qualifies graduates for advanced-level K-12 school counseling licensure in North Carolina.  Those completing the Addiction concentration can apply to become certificated as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) through the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.  The Play Therapy concentration meets the educational requirements, as specified by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential, is recognition of academic achievement, and enhances professional standing.

Program Objectives

As prospective professional counselors, graduates of the program are prepared to: counsel clients, both individually and in groups, on educational, career, life planning, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and organizational concerns; provide information to clients for educational, social, career, and/or life planning; consult with other professionals concerning client needs; and conduct needs assessments, evaluations, and other activities for program design.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counseling Theories
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Across the Lifespan
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Group Counseling
  • Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.
  • GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Prerequisites, where applicable, as indicated by specific master’s program criteria.
  • A Statement of Purpose (essay) submitted online as part of the application submission process.
  • At least three Recommendation Forms.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all academic work attempted beyond high (secondary) school can be used for admission review. An official (officially certified) final transcript must be submitted if an applicant is offered admission.  International transcripts provided in a language other than English should be uploaded, but a translated version should be uploaded as well.
  • Official agency reports of satisfactory Test Scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT) no older than five years from date of application.
  • Official and satisfactory scores on the English language proficiency scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6664 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    3252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1626 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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