Counseling Master's Degree


The Master’s in Counseling Program is housed in the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science department in the College of Education and Health. This 60-hour master’s program will have two specialization tracks: Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Each track will prepare students to enter the world of counseling to help people to overcome any symptoms/barriers and create a better quality of life for themselves. Our classes will be a mixture of in person and online learning and most of our courses will be taught in the evenings for those that need to work to support themselves through their graduate education in the counseling fields.

Rehabilitation Counseling Track:

Rehabilitation Counselor provide counseling to individuals with physical, developmental, intellectual, and psychiatric diagnoses. Rehabilitation Counseling work for several of the following agencies: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Veteran’s Association (VA), Social Security, Worker’s Compensation, Rehabilitation Hospitals, and Colleges and Universities. Students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRC) after completing our coursework and practicum/internship.

Clinical mental health track:

Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide counseling to individual with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses. Clinical Mental Health Counselors work in many of the following settings: Counseling Agencies, Hospitals, Public Schools, Hospitals, Colleges and Universities, and Private Practice. This program has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling as being a “CACREP-like” program that would allow for students to sit for their National Counseling Exam (NCE) which would lead to application for Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and then Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Arkansas.

Hands-on learning

Practicum and Internships: completing either track in this degree includes completion of a one-semester Practicum experience and a one-semester Internship totally 700 hours of professionally mentored on-site experience in the counseling field.   

Skills you will learn

Learn to diagnosis and treat future clients
Learn counseling skills and techniques
Advocacy and building resiliency with your clients
Social justice perspectives to work with diverse clientele 

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):
Vocational Rehabilitaiton Counselor
Mental Health Counselor
Addictions Counselor
Disability Services Director

Agencies where you could work:
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Chenal Family Therapy
Arisa Health
Turning Point (St. Mary's)
Restored Life Services
Lakepoint Recovery & Wellness
Harbor House, Inc. 
Recovery Health Systems
Colleges or Universities

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student. 



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