Signature Courses
Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning,
Foundations of Somatic Psychology; Body/Mind Psychotherapy: Historical Roots & Current Applications
Assessment: Psychological Testing and Appraisal in Counseling

Are you looking for a career where you can help transform lives? With an online counseling degree in clinical mental health you'll be prepared to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention, and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals.

The Master of Science in Counseling is a distance learning, professional preparation program for individuals with the goal of becoming licensed mental health counselors or licensed professional counselors. Our program stresses a client-centered philosophy, which empowers our graduates to guide their clients on a journey to discover their full potential for happiness and healing. Students are encouraged to explore their interests within the framework of our curriculum to provide them with the flexibility they will need to be successful therapists and counselors.

Students can pursue areas of emphases in Addictions Counseling; Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Social Justice in Counseling; and Somatic Counseling.

Students can also earn post-master's certificates in Adventure-based PsychotherapyEcotherapyExpressive Art Therapy, or Equine-Assisted Mental Health to enhance their learning and their future practice. Students interested in pursuing a post-graduate certificate are encouraged to do so concurrently with the Master of Science in Counseling program in order to integrate learning from both areas.

Unlike 100% online degrees, this online counseling program is a limited-residency format that combines online classes and in-person opportunities to connect with faculty and other students.

    Program Features


    The Prescott College Master of Science in Counseling program issues an annual report each year.  To view our annual report, select a year below. You can also view program statistics


    Counseling Graduation Requirements

    Students complete three components – theory (coursework), practicum and internship, and an exit exam, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE). Students seeking to complete a concentration must complete additional coursework and, in some cases, participate in additional experience-based workshops to hone their professional skills.

    *Completion of a graduate-level counseling degree may not lead to licensure in all states/regions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to research licensure requirements in their own states/countries, especially in the following locations: Kentucky, California, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, and Greenland. Those applicants planning to work for the Department of Veteran's affairs are also encouraged to research employment requirements for military and veteran counselors.



    • A vision of mental health that is founded in the concept of experiential awareness.
    • Learning that is grounded in a holistic approach to the client’s personal growth. Mind, body, spirit and cultural context are honored so clients can come to realize their potential for happiness.
    • Integration of personal learning goals within state-required courses in Counseling supports a professionally credible, student-directed educational experience.
    • Limited-residency format that allows students to pursue their programs of study where they live and work without interrupting jobs, family life, or connections to their own communities.
    • Core courses are infused with the distinctive Prescott College values of environmental stewardship and social justice, incorporating an awareness of and sensitivity to the environmental and cultural contexts in which learning and the application of learning occur.
    • The program is geared toward licensure. We aim to prepare every graduate for a career as an independently functioning Mental Health Counselor who can contribute powerfully to the promotion and facilitation of health and healing.
    • Students complete their courses with qualified instructors who are experts in the course content areas within the field of counseling.


    Your Faculty

    Stacey Carrillo

    Instruction|Faculty / Director, Counseling Programs


    LaToya Chambers

    Instruction|Associate Faculty

    D. Lung

    |Associate Faculty for the Counseling Program