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administrative contact

Kelly Webber
Administrative Assistant Senior
phone: 304-293-3808
fax: 304-293-4082

program contact

Ed Jacobs
Associate Professor
phone: 304-293-2177
fax: 304-293-4082

Program Details

Program Description

The master's of arts program in counseling offers two areas of concentration. The program prepares counselors to work in either clinical mental health counseling or school counseling. Professional counseling is the application of mental heath, psychological or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies that address wellness, personal growth or career development, as well as pathology. The mission of the program is to focus on the preparation of competent and ethical entry-level clinical mental health and school counselors to work in a variety of settings within the state, region and country.

Career Profile

Job Titles and Employers of Recent Graduates:
School Counselors; Drug/Alcohol Treatment Centers; Community Mental Health Counseling; College Counselors

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Supplemental Application:
  • Test Requirements: GRE

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Pre-Qualification Process

A baccalaureate degree with coursework in appropriate areas.
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 ( students with average but exceptional credentials may be admitted provisionally);with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 can't be admitted
Graduate Record Exam scores-on the new scale 290 or better is strongly preferred, and we consider scores of 900 or better on the old scale (exams taken prior to November 2011).
Completed application for Graduate Admissions Application.
Three letters of reference forms ( Part of the Graduate Admissions Application).
Completed Departmental Application and Departmental Recommendation forms.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Deadline: No Admission
  • Summer Deadline: No Admission


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The counseling program at WVU is one of two counselor education programs in the state of West Virginia and the only program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).