The CACREP accredited LRU Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling is designed to prepare individuals for positions as professional counselors in agencies and/or school settings. Students have the opportunity to take courses on the LRU main campus in Hickory, at the new LRU Center for Graduate Studies located in Asheville NC, or at the new LRU Center for Graduate Studies located in Columbia SC. The curriculum at all sites are identical and students will have the opportunity to interact with the LRU faculty at all locations. The counseling program places primary emphasis on the development of strong clinical skills. Upon receiving the Master of Arts degree in counseling, students will meet course work requirements for eligibility to take the examination to become a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina and South Carolina. Students satisfactorily completing the School Counseling program requirements and receiving a passing score on the PRAXIS specialty examination will be eligible for licensure as a school counselor in North Carolina. For more specific information on the LRU Counseling program of study please refer to the Counseling Degree link.