Experience High-Quality, Culturally-Inclusive Learning

The mission of the Webster University Department of Professional Counseling is to provide high-quality learning experiences to students, helping them become expert professional counselors who strive for individual excellence and contribute to an enhanced quality of life in local, national and global societies. Curriculum is culturally-inclusive, training students with a strong base of knowledge and skills to practice effectively in a variety of careers in the field of mental health and human service, educational institutions, private practice and government, as well as in business and industrial settings. 

Small Classes

Maximum of 24 students to create an ideal environment for learning, interaction and discovery.

Hands-On Training

All students complete a 15-month clinical counseling field experience.

Proven Record

Thirty-year track record in preparing students for successful careers in the counseling profession.

Aligned with Professional Standards

The department’s philosophy encompasses a commitment to the development of a professional identity as professional counselors, oversight of curriculum and field experience, and uniformity through implementation of and adherence to one curriculum with the flexibility to provide counselor education and supervision at various national and global campuses. The department continually works to enhance the counseling curriculum in order to provide a counselor education and supervision experience that promotes social justice using a global approach. The program curriculum is aligned with individual state educational requirements, national professional standards and the American Counseling Association (ACA) Ethical Code. 

Two counseling students collaborate on classwork

Webster Institute for Clinical Scholarship

Two counseling students collaborate on classwork

Paid Internships

The Webster Institute for Clinical Scholarship seeks to increase the number and diversity of professional counseling MA graduates who have a commitment to working in high-need, high-demand areas to improve health outcomes for low-income and under-served populations in communities in the greater St. Louis region.

Graduate Programs

Webster University offers a 3-2+ program which combines the BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health and the MA in Counseling. In this 3-2+ program, students who complete all of their undergraduate requirements for the bachelor's degree within the first 90 credit hours can complete the remainder of their elective credits (30 hours) as a student in the master's program. Once students complete 120 hours, they can petition to graduate with the BA. The students would then work to complete the remaining 30+ hours toward their graduate degree in Counseling. They would need to complete at least 30 hours at the graduate level once they receive their undergraduate degree.

Psychology (BA) with an Emphasis in Mental Health/Counseling (MA)

Master of Arts in Counseling

  • Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Emphasis in Community Counseling (only available in Geneva)
  • Emphasis in Couples, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (only available at Fort Bragg)
  • School Counseling Specialization in Grades K–12

Master of Arts in School Counseling

Approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), our MA in School Counseling is designed to prepare you to work with children and families in a variety of school settings. Completion of the degree will provide students with the required educational credentials for both K–8 and 7–12 school counselor certifications in Missouri. *Students who require prerequisite courses may have to complete more credit hours.

Locations for our MA in Counseling

Our Professional Counseling program is available at Webster campuses nationwide, as well as internationally in Geneva, Switzerland. Accreditation and availability of degree emphasis vary by campus.


Professional Counseling Department Academic Resources and Information

The MA in Counseling at Webster University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis, available at the main campus in St. Louis, Missouri, and the South Carolina campuses in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia, is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

CACREP Accredited

Outcomes for graduates of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the combined South Carolina campuses of Charleston, Columbia and Myrtle Beach:

Graduates in Academic Year 2017-2018 55
Pass Rate on NCE in 2017 64.3%
Completion Rate 43%
Percentage of students who graduated within 2.5 years of starting the program
Job Placement Rate 91%
Percentage of graduates who are working full-time, part-time or are continuing their education

  • Caite DuMontier, Webster Professional Counseling graduate
  • Dr. Susan Morse, Clinical Psychologist at BJC Behavioral Health
    Supervisor of current students
  • Nicholas Wren, Associate Clinical Director/Director of Behavior Intervention and Practicum Program at Logos School
    Supervisor of current students
  • Alexandra Mathieu, Webster Professional Counseling graduate
    Supervisor of current students
  • Dia Hicks, CD Counselor/Therapist at Bridgeway Behavioral Health and Webster Professional Counseling graduate
    Supervisor of current students
  • Vanessa Curran, Webster Professional Counseling graduate
  • Dr. Jan Munro, former Dean of Counseling and faculty member at Lindenwood University

South Carolina Advisory Board

  • Previous Student: Ayanna McNeil
  • Current Student: Danielle Coons
  • Site Supervisor: Chaddrick Middleton
  • Adjunct Faculty: Dr. Angelica Greiner
  • State Counseling Coordinator: Alexandria Smith
  • Current Adjunct Faculty Member: Dr. Jennifer Smith
  • Current Student: Rickia Jessup
Lori Bosma

Student Success

Lori Bosma

Lori J. Bosma, MA in Counseling student and Webster’s Deputy Title IX and HR Coordinator  

Lori J. Bosma's manuscript, “Behavioral Outcomes of Law Enforcement Officers with Compassion Fatigue” has been accepted for publication in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin for more than a year on its first submission. Bosma worked with Stacy Henning, PhD, in revising a paper Bosma wrote in her first counseling course into a produced a manuscript.

Henning further encouraged her to propose to speak on her topic at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health Spring Training Institute summit in May 2022. MIMH subsequently asked Bosma to join its speaker panel as a paid speaker next June on a series of mental health webinars offered globally. Bosma is also working with Henning in organizing a podcast to feature first responders’ mental health during the pandemic and its continued aftermath.

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