Master's Degrees

UNC Charlotte's Master's Degree in Counseling

UNC Charlotte welcomes applicants for its 2022 Admissions Cycle.  December 1, 2021 is the application deadline for prospective students wishing to begin their counseling coursework in Summer or Fall 2022.


Master's Degree in Counseling

The Department of Counseling’s mission is to prepare students to be socially responsible leaders in a diverse global society. Faculty provide a challenging and supportive environment that encourages personal growth and development. The master’s degree program trains students to translate sound theoretical knowledge and research into effective clinical practice. In a rigorous and integrated program of study, students acquire a strong theoretical grounding in human development, counseling paradigms, and change strategies. We offer concentrations in the following areas:

Clinical Mental Health

School Counseling

Addictions Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree consists of a minimum of sixty (60) semester credit hours of course work designed to prepare professionals to counsel in a variety of settings.  Students are required to enroll in one of three specialty areas: clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, or addictions counseling. All specialty areas are CACREP accredited. The Department welcomes both full-time and part-time students and is committed to recruiting students that are representative of our diverse and pluralistic society. The application deadline for the Master of Arts in Counseling is December 1 to begin coursework the following Summer or Fall.

Click here to learn about Counseling Program Information Sessions held in the Fall semester.

Alumni Spotlight

Tanya Fuentes

Tanya Fuentes

Charlotte, N.C.

Major(s)/Graduate Program
M.A. in School Counseling

Project INTACT 

CMS School Counseling Intern

Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?
Love the diverse population and the on-campus inclusivity of the university. All students are made to feel welcomed here! 
UNC Charlotte Highlights/Favorite Memory
Football Homecoming Game in the fall prior to the pandemic hitting. There was an amazing energy of school pride in the air! Also, every year my favorite festival in the city is IFest. UNC Charlotte does an amazing job at showcasing the diverse and colorful student body population they have and students get to proudly show off their heritage.
Faculty/staff member who made an impact on you
Dr. Claire Merlin-Knoblich: an amazing school counseling professor who is passionate about the profession and also about advocacy and equity within schools. 

Advice for the next generation of Niners
Enjoy campus/student life and resources as much as you can because we missed out on that due to the pandemic. Also, continue on your journey of multiculturalism, take advantage of the student life to get to know about others and their cultures so that you can become an empathetic and caring person. We work better when we work together! 

Post-graduation plans
Working as a high school counselor at a local Charlotte public school.