Bradley University

Master of Arts in Counseling

Bradley University's Leadership in Education, Nonprofit, and Counseling department offers a Master of Arts in Counseling degree in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or Professional School Counseling. Both programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares individuals to become professional counselors working in a variety of educational, community, and mental health settings through a counseling core curriculum of 51 semester credit hours and 9 additional semester credit hours specific to clinical mental health. Professional School Counseling candidates complete the same 51 semester credit hours of core counseling curriculum with an additional 9 - 10 semester credit hours specific to their academic concentration: either Professional School Counseling-Teachers, or Professional School Counseling-Non-Teachers, respectively. These academic concentrations are also approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) and by the Illinois Board of Education.

All graduates of Bradley's Master of Arts in Counseling program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for certification and licensure during the academic term when they graduate. All Bradley graduates in Counseling are also eligible for seeking licensure in the states where they reside, granted that the university has obtained state authorization to offer this distance-based program in their jurisdiction. Applicants must become aware of this authorization and of their state requisites for licensure including reciprocity rules.

Program Information

School Name: Bradley University

Program Name: Master of Arts in Counseling

Program Length: Two to Three Years

Enrollment Types: Full-Time or Part-Time

Instruction Methods: Asynchronous and Synchronous

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Phone Number: (309) 677-3190

Program Requirements:

  • 60-61 Semester Credit Hours (CACREP Accredited curriculum)
  • Completion of 750 hours of supervised experiences: practicum - 100 Hours, internship - 650 Hours
  • Two required campus-based residencies


  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Professional School Counseling

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed graduate online application with $40 application fee
  • Admissions essays on one of the following:
    • Achievements and work experience relevant to one's interest in and capacity for graduate study
    • Career objectives and how this graduate program at Bradley University will assist in attaining these goals
  • Official transcripts from an accredited baccalaureate university or college
  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work
  • Three professional letters of recommendation - one must be a current supervisor
  • Official GRE or MAT scores may be used if other requirements are not available
  • Complete the program's online screening interview.

Bradley University’s program information was last updated in April of 2020. For more information, visit the university's website above.