Change Lives.

In Longwood’s CACREP accredited Counselor Education graduate program, you’ll receive a solid grounding in Cacrep_cm_BW. black and white the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions tailored to diverse client needs.


Our curriculum offers multicultural and social justice perspectives and is enhanced by our students who represent a wide range of ages and life experiences.

Through face-to-face instruction in small class settings, you’ll learn from dedicated faculty who have real-world clinical experiences and are active in professional counseling associations. Our faculty are strong mentors who are invested in providing the personal and professional support you’ll need to excel in a variety of counseling settings.


We offer tracks in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Our flexible program is offered year-round and includes full-time and part-time options. Students in all tracks will be prepared to assist clients in self-discovery, personal growth and in making healthy lifestyle choices. An initial practicum (100 hours) and a final internship (600 hours) are required in all tracks.


Our program is designed to fulfill the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia under the Department of Health Professions. In addition, the school counseling track follows the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education licensure regulations for school counselors*

Career Paths

Our graduates become counselors who work in a variety of settings, including

  • Hospitals
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice settings


Admission Requirements

 Graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university.

  • A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) from a four-year regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from each college/university from which you have obtained a degree, bachelor or higher, and any post-baccalaureate coursework.
  • Resume
  • Essay, 500 words or less, addressing reasons for seeking graduate education
  • Two letters of recommendations related to your competence and effectiveness in your academic and professional work
  • Criminal background check: Counselor M.S. Background Check Instructions (pdf)
  • Interview

International Student applicants should review the international admission requirements and standards for TOEFL scores.

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Costs & Financial Aid

Longwood offers an outstanding and affordable education.

$30,420 - Estimated in-state cost
$507 per credit hour

$69,720 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$1,162 per credit hour

Graduate Assistantships are available.

Visit Graduate student tuition estimates and hours for information.

Visit Longwood's Financial Aid webpage


School Counseling  

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  2. Select Licensure on the right-hand side
  3. Complete the Application for a Virginia License – Pupil Personnel Services License
  4. Receive college verification from Dr. Connie Ballard

Mental Health Counseling

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC Licensure Process Handbook (pdf)


December 1 - Early Bird Decision Application Submission Date (decision made by the holidays)

January 15 – Early Application Submission Date

February 15 – Standard Application Submission Date

These are suggested application submission dates. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Want to check if the program is full? Email us,

Mission Statement

Longwood University's Counselor Education Program strives to foster a collaborative environment where students take an active role in their development as competent and effective practitioners who demonstrate self-awareness, knowledge, and skills grounded in a sensitivity and responsiveness to multiculturalism and social justice.  The program promotes the acquisition of those competencies that enable our students to function in professional roles in settings that assist individuals, families, schools and communities while emphasizing the importance of advocacy and leadership in the profession of counseling. The faculty strives to develop counselors who can formulate, implement, and evaluate preventative and therapeutic approaches to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals and groups to improve their adjustment and daily functioning across the lifespan. Graduates of our program are prepared to deliver direct, educational and consultative services and programming in a variety of settings such as mental health agencies, K-12 schools, and colleges/universities. (2015)

The Master’s program in Counselor Education will

  1. Prepare students to be effective practitioners in a variety of settings
  2. Provide required coursework and field experience for professional licensure and/or certification (clinical, school, college/university)
  3. Provide knowledge about and experience in culturally responsive counseling in various counseling settings
  4. Produce graduates with identities as professional counselors
  5. Prepare students with the knowledge and experience to be ethical counseling practitioners

Program Flyer

There will be new options for our Counselor Education tracks very soon.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Apperson, the program director, for the most current information at or (434)395-2323.

View, download, and print the Master of Science in Counseling (pdf) flyer.