Counseling Degrees and Programs in West Virginia

West Virginia offers prospective counseling students several counseling program options at a small number of public or not-for-profit colleges and universities. West Virginia schools offer degree programs in mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and substance abuse counseling. If you are interested in starting a counseling career in one of these areas, you will find both on-campus and online programs that help you meet state educational requirements for licensure. Most counseling degrees in West Virginia are offered at the graduate level, as most types of licensure require at least a master’s degree. If you are interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in counseling or want to study a field of counseling not available in West Virginia, such as marriage and family therapy, you will likely need to consider programs in nearby states or online degrees.

Quick Facts

  • There are 2 not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities that offer a program in marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling, substance abuse counseling, and/or vocational rehabilitation counseling in West Virginia.1,2
  • Of the counseling schools in West Virginia, 0 offer an associate’s degree, 1 offers a bachelor’s degree, 0 offer a certificate, and 2 offer a master’s or advanced degree.1,2
  • No schools offer a degree in marriage and family therapy.1,2
  • 2 schools offer a degree in mental health counseling.1,2
  • 1 school offers a degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling.1,2
  • 2 schools offer a degree in school counseling.1,2
  • 1 school offers a degree in substance abuse counseling.1,2
  • No counseling schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.3
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Student Counseling Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2019.5
  • Across 2 schools, 5 counseling programs are accredited by CACREP.2

Comparison of West Virginia Counseling Schools and Programs

Below, we have provided a table that allows you to compare the public and not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities in West Virginia offering counseling programs. The table includes whether each school has a program in the five main counseling areas: mental health counseling (MH), marriage and family therapy (MFT), vocational rehabilitation counseling (VR), school counseling (SC), and substance abuse counseling (SA). The table indicates the schools that offer programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); CACREP-accredited programs are denoted with an asterisk (*). Keep in mind that some schools offer a joint program in clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling, so check with the school for more information on the programs offered. Use the table to compare each school by program type offered, graduation rate, and net price per year. You can find more information about counseling licensure in West Virginia by reading our license requirements page.

School NameCACREP-
MHMFVRSCSAGrad Rate1Net Price1
Marshall UniversityYesYes*Yes*46%$8,850
West Virginia UniversityYesYes*Yes*Yes*Yes60%$12,181

Top-Ranked Schools with Counseling Programs in West Virginia

US News Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2019

  • West Virginia University (#37 tie)

Schools in West Virginia with Counseling Degrees

Traditional Graduate Programs

West Virginia University

West Virginia University (WVU) offers on-campus and hybrid CACREP-accredited counseling degree programs. The Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a 63-credit program that teaches students about mental health illnesses, disabilities, and substance use disorders. This program may appeal to individuals who want to provide clinical counseling services to clients with complex challenges, such as dual diagnoses, chronic health conditions, or cognitive disorders. Courses in the program include Disability Across the Lifespan; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; and Crisis Trauma Grief Counseling. The degree meets state educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) credentials. The majority of this degree can be completed online, with two required on-campus residencies. The program takes two years of full-time study to complete, although part-time study is permitted. New students are admitted in the fall and spring terms. An on-campus Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling is also offered with specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work with adolescents and adults with issues related to mental health illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Graduates may find employment in community organizations, outpatient and treatment facilities, or in private practice. Students in the MA in School Counseling learn how to provide age-appropriate counseling and guidance services to students from PreK-12. The program will also teach students how to develop and implement guidance programs in schools that address academic performance, social and emotional development, and behavioral issues. Approximately 25 students are admitted into each track each year, with new students admitted in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track will meet LPC academic requirements, while those in the School Counseling will be prepared to become school counselors in West Virginia. WVU also offers an on-campus 15-credit Minor in Addiction Studies that can be combined with any undergraduate major. Coursework from this program can be applied towards the ADC credential, although it does not fulfill all of the requirements. Students in this program will learn about a variety of substance abuse issues as well as related screening, assessment, and counseling techniques.

Online and Hybrid Programs

Marshall University

Marshall University offers a 60-credit Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling with CACREP-accredited specializations in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, which can be completed online or in a hybrid format. Students in the online program complete asynchronous coursework as well as participate in synchronous virtual classes via webcam in the evening. In the hybrid program, students complete online coursework and attend classes at the Huntington or South Charleston campuses. Even on-campus classes in the program may have a hybrid format, requiring only three to five on-campus meetings during the semester with the remaining coursework completed online. All students must complete 100 hours of on-site supervised practicum with at least 40 direct service hours and 600 hours of supervised clinical internship with at least 300 hours of direct service delivery. New students are admitted on a rolling basis for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Graduates in the MA in Clinical Mental Health program will meet state coursework requirements to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and graduates in the School Counseling track will meet state requirements to become school counselors. The school also offers pathways to dual licensure. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track must complete up to six additional courses to qualify for school counseling licensure, while those in the School Counseling track must complete an additional supervised clinical mental health internship to qualify for mental health counseling licensure.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Accredited Programs: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values, 2019: https://www.kiplinger.com/fronts/special-report/college-rankings/index.html
4. US News & World Report Best Student Counseling Programs, 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/student-counseling-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs, 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/rehabilitation-counseling-rankings