Master of Arts in Counseling with a Concentration in General Counseling

The MA in Counseling, General Counseling concentration provides students with an overview of the counseling profession. The concentration offers only foundational curriculum and coursework, but it may be used for certification in Virginia as a Qualified Mental Health Provider. Hampton University offers the Master’s in Counseling online and on campus, providing interested students anywhere an introduction to the profession of counseling. Hampton also offers Counseling degrees with concentrations in Community Mental Health Counseling, Student Affairs and College Student Development Counseling, and School Counseling. The Master’s in Counseling, in Virginia or online, consists of 30 semester hours with the requirement of a comprehensive examination. Admission requirements are the same for all programs.

To maintain concentration integrity and provide students enrolled in the concentration in General Counseling an opportunity to seek license as a professional counselor, the following policy is established. Prior to graduation and only once, students enrolled in the MA in Main Campus Counseling program with a concentration in General Counseling may transfer all coursework completed into another concentration in the MA in Counseling program on Main Campus. Student currently enrolled or enrolled in the future in a concentration of the MA in Counseling program may transfer to the MA in Counseling with a concentration in General Counseling only once.

CourseCourse TitleYear/SemesterCredit Hours
COUO 622Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling1st Year – Semester 13
COUO 604 Lifespan Development1st Year – Semester 13
COUO 616 Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy1st Year – Semester 13
COUO 619Group Process in Counseling1st Year – Semester 23
COUO 612 Career Development1st Year – Semester 23
COUO 606 Treating the Substance Abuser1st Year – Semester 23
COUO 610Identity, Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling1st Year – Semester 33
COUO 614 Community Mental Health and Welfare Services1st Year – Semester 33
COUO 671Introduction to Research and Program Evaluation2nd Year – Semester 13
COUO 603Counseling with Diverse Populations2nd Year – Semester 13
COUO 702 Comprehensive Examination2nd Year – Semester 11
Total Credit Hours31

Course Details

  • Cost Per Credit—$695
  • Course Length—16 weeks
  • Degree Credits—31

Financial Aid

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal statement
  • GRE within the last 5 years
  • Writing sample
  • College/University transcripts including a graduate level course in Abnormal Psychology and Ethics from all Colleges/Universities attended
  • A copy of your State or Federal ID

Please forward all admissions packages and supplemental documentation to:

Hampton U Online
Attn:  HUO Graduate Admissions
PO Box 6227
Hampton, Virginia 23668

Official Transcripts sent through a transcript network may be sent to
Unofficial/Opened/Scanned transcripts will not be accepted for graduate programs

Application Deadlines

Starting Session: Spring 
Deadline: November 15th

Starting Session: Fall
Deadline: June 15th

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