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Professional Counseling, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, GA, | Online
The M.Ed. in Professional Counseling at University of West Georgia is designed for graduate students preparing for employment as professional counselors in schools, clinical mental health agencies, and colleges or universities or for careers in college student services in colleges and universities. 


The Professional Counseling programme at University of West Georgia has three options of study, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and College Student Affairs, are available.

The School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours (2 years of full time study), and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours (3 years of full time study). The College Student Affairs program consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours and adheres to CAS standards. A student will receive faculty endorsement only for the relevant option and plan of study completed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Candidates will demonstrate professional dispostions consistent with the field of professional counseling, as measured by an average rating of "proficient" or higher on a summaive administration of the Professional Dispositions and Behaviors Rubric.
  • Candidates will demonstrate professional skills consistent with the field of professional counseling, as measured by an average rating of "proficient" or higher on a summative administration of the Field Placement Evaluation.
  • Candidates will know the major concepts, theories, and practices articulated in current counselor preparation standards, as measured by a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).


  • The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counseling Theories
  • Introduction to Counseling Practice
  • Assessment & Appraisal in Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Principles of Professional School Counseling
  • Internship: Professional Counseling
  • Practicum: Professional Counseling

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

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  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts and All Required Documents
  • Graduate Entrance Exam
  • Program Specific Requirements
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Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
  • 2.7 Undergraduate GPA
  • Resume
  • Minimum GRE composite score of: 286 with a minimum of 146 verbal and 140/3.5 analytical writing
  • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III; 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    882 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 882 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    227 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 227 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Carrollton

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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