Define your career in counseling by choosing from two specialty tracks:

Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

Online Master of Arts in Counseling - Professional School Counseling (PSC)

Crafted to meet the needs of both aspiring and experienced counselors,
Bradley’s online MAC program allows you to:

  • Prepare for the National
    Counselor Exam.
  • Graduate with a direct
    path to licensure.
  • Study the groundbreaking
    practice of neurocounseling.
  • Complete
    practicums locally.
  • Choose your site supervisor,
    with guidance and approval
    from the University.
Ranked 6th among
Midwest Regional Universities.
Recognized for quality and regionally accredited
Accredited by the Council for
Accreditation of Counseling &
Related Educational Programs.


Highly trained and empathetic counselors have the power to inspire change and make a profound impact in the lives of those they serve. In today’s era of healthcare reform, demand for care continues to surpass the number of qualified professionals available to provide it. That’s why Bradley University offers an online Master of Arts in Counseling program that can equip you with the specialized expertise to help those who need it most.

Why study Professional
School Counseling?

Student enrollment in U.S. schools — from kindergarten through college — continues to surge. As a result, there’s an ongoing nationwide demand for licensed professional school counselors.

In fact, the American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of one school counselor for every 200 to 250 students, but the current ratio in U.S. schools hovers around one school counselor per 471 students. That’s less than half the number deemed sufficient. This is where you could make an immediate impact in the lives of today’s school-aged children and young adults.

Why study Clinical Mental
Health Counseling?

Today’s insurance plans are required by law to cover treatment for mental health issues — and people are seeking care in record numbers. In fact, in the United States alone, employment of clinical mental health counselors is projected to grow by 19% through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Even more compelling: One in five adults — roughly 44 million Americans — endures mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. What does that mean for aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you? It means you have nearly 44 million opportunities to inspire change and improve lives.


Change Lives. Transform Futures.

Earning a Master of Arts in Counseling online from a top-tier university like Bradley can open the door to new opportunities in a wide variety of settings. Let’s explore a few career paths now.

Clinical Mental Health Counselors:

What can you do?

  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor Utilize a range of therapeutic techniques to help individuals, families and children deal with emotional and/or psychological problems.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor Provide support for clients who suffer from addictions to various substances.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor Work with those living with a disability or dealing with a life-changing accident and help them to lead positive, productive lives.
  • Crisis Counselor Offer guidance to those who have experienced a serious traumatic event and help them refocus to become functional again.
  • Grief Counselor Counsel those coping with the grief and sense of loss that follows the death of a loved one or tragic life experience.
  • Marriage, Couples and Family Counselor Help heal fractured relationships and strengthen bonds between spouses and family members.
  • Veterans Counselor Give counsel to the more than 5 million U.S. veterans struggling with the myriad physical, emotional, mental and social issues that can arise after combat; help them adjust to life after military service.

Where can you work?

  • Outpatient and residential care centers
  • Social and human service agencies
  • Community clinics
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Governmental agencies
  • VA hospitals, medical centers and clinics
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Private corporations (employee assistance programs)
  • Private practices

Professional School Counselors (PSC):

What can you do?

  • Professional School Counselor Work with students — from kindergarten through college — to support academic achievement, nurture social development, encourage personal growth and bolster self-esteem.
  • College Advisor Counsel students who are having difficulty selecting a major or identifying career goals; help them navigate the collegiate environment and position them for academic and personal success.
  • Guidance Counselor Help students in elementary, middle and high school work through academic challenges and address emotional struggles (such as stress and peer pressure).
  • Career/Vocational Counselor Prepare individuals to start, change or advance their career; serve as a coach as you help them explore their professional interests and set realistic goals for growth.
  • College Readiness Counselor Offer guidance to students as they prepare for college selection, admission and acceptance; ensure they’re thriving academically and ready to transition to higher education.

Where can you work?

  • Private schools (K-12)
  • Public schools (K-12)
  • Higher education institutions
  • Education-based corporations
  • Government — state or federal department of education
  • Education-based nonprofit organizations
  • Career centers


The first step toward helping others know their self-worth is to know your own. That’s why Bradley University created an online Master of Arts in Counseling program that aims to deliver a career-defining, life-changing educational experience.

  • Experience our
    cutting-edge approach.

    What really sets our online counseling program apart is its focus on today’s leading neuroscience-based practices. Through a groundbreaking approach called neurocounseling, we’ll challenge you to explore the inner workings of the mind and study how counseling directly affects brain function.
  • Benefit from our
    CACREP-accredited curriculum.

    The online MAC program’s innovative curriculum — which is delivered by Bradley’s esteemed faculty of expert clinicians and experienced counselors — is structured to meet the high standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Choose your own
    site supervisor.

    When you choose Bradley University, you choose flexibility. Get the most out of your practicum and internship hours by choosing an approved site supervisor. Bradley will ensure all on-site supervisors meet their local laws’ requirements for providing supervision to our students through the approval process.
  • Enjoy our dynamic online
    learning environment.

    As an online student, you can benefit from an innovative learning environment that is highly immersive and extremely collaborative. You’ll join a rich culture of support and shared values — one that can challenge you to grow personally and professionally.


Learn from Experienced Counselors

The dedicated faculty members who lead our online Master of Arts in Counseling program are committed to helping you succeed as you take the next step in your career. They each bring a broad base of clinical experience, professional skills and research achievements into your online classroom, and they are eager to share their knowledge with you. Learn more about their credentials now:

Lori Russell-Chapin
EHS Associate Dean
Co-Director for the Center for
Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR)
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Christopher Rybak
Department Chair and Professor
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Kathleen Buchko, Ph.D., LCPC
Associate Professor
Director, Counseling Research and Training Clinic
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Robert Davison Avilés
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Professional School Counseling
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Carlos Del Rio
Online Counseling Program Director
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Nancy Sherman
Interim Associate Dean for
Distance Education
Professor and Clinical Coordinator
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Jobie Skaggs
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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To graduate with your Master of Arts in Counseling, you must successfully complete 60 credit hours of coursework, including one practicum, two internships and two, one-week-long campus-based residencies. The first residency will take place during your first term, and the second will occur in the eighth term.

Graduate Core Courses (6 semester credit units)

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses (6 semester credit units)

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Professional School Counseling Specialty Courses (6 semester credit units)

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Program Core Courses (48 semester credit units)

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Pursue Your Passion for Helping Others.

Bradley’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program is an ideal choice if:
  • You are fascinated by human behavior and have a strong desire to help others.
  • You’ve already earned an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as psychology, social work or human services), and you’re ready to take the next step in higher education.
  • You want to work in a rewarding and challenging field that combines compassion, communication and relationship building.
  • You’d like to pursue professional licensure or eventually earn your doctoral degree.
  • You’re ready to pursue your passion for counseling — regardless of your educational or professional background.
  • You wish to advance your professional career and work as a counselor.
Online Master of Arts in Counseling Program