Understanding counseling careers and licensure

No matter where you see your counseling career taking you, know that you’re prepared to meet the needs of the clients and communities you serve. The online counseling program at Marquette University will prepare you for more than just earning your counseling licensure. You will have the knowledge and experience to adapt to clients’ backgrounds as well as changing clinical and educational environments.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the need for behavioral disorder, mental health and substance abuse counselors will grow by 25 percent by 2029.1 Across the country, counselors with the understanding to work with unique individuals and groups are in demand.

Through our online master’s in clinical mental health counseling, you will be equipped to make an impact within roles in family services, outpatient care, addiction services, hospitals and other agencies—as well as consultation in schools if you decide to pursue the specialization in child and adolescent counseling.

In addition, our online master’s degree can also help students who plan to continue their education by pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology or another field.


Pursuing a specialization in child and adolescent counseling?

Help transform the lives of young people with our child and adolescent counseling specialization. By gaining the clinical training to work more closely with them and their families, you’ll be prepared for a career in hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential treatment programs and other agencies and clinics.

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Earning your licensure

Our online program provides the same rigorous coursework as our on-campus, CACREP-accredited clinical mental health counseling program, whose graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on their licensing examinations.

In 2019, the pass rate for graduates taking the National Counselor Examination (NCE) examination was 100 percent.

Based on data from a survey of graduates who were actively seeking employment, 100 percent of clinical mental health counseling graduates obtained positions within 150 days of receiving their degrees.2

After graduation, you will be prepared to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin and many other states. Each state and region’s licensing boards hold different requirements. Differences between state requirements can include the course work covered in your graduate program and the number of credit hours completed. As you apply to our online program, be sure to review your state’s licensure provisions and your eligibility.


1. Retrieved on November 23, 2020 from bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm#tab-6
2. Retrieved on November 23, 2020 from marquette.edu/education/graduate/cecp-masters-assessment.php.

Admissions deadlines
Priority application deadline
November 16
Spring 2022 term
Application deadline
January 4
Spring 2022 term
Next start
January 18
Spring 2022 term
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