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Master of Science in Counseling

The online Master of Science in Counseling program at Albizu University specializes in the development of culturally and clinically competent mental health professionals who will provide effective services to help clients improve quality of life and serve diverse communities.

The M.S. in Counseling is an online, graduate-level degree program of Albizu University-Miami, requiring 60 credit hours to complete. The program offers a Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization. All program coursework is online and asynchronous, except for pre-practice, practicum, and internship, which meets online and synchronously. The degree typically takes full-time students two to three years to complete.

The program is presently undergoing alignment to CACREP counselor preparation standards and will submit its first self-study for accreditation in 2025.


Our mission is to prepare professional counselors and behavioral health specialists to effectively facilitate wellness and improved quality of life in partnership with diverse individuals, families, and communities.

Program Objectives

Program objectives are designed to train individuals to be competent clinicians as follows:

    1. Articulate relevant counseling theories and application of research to professional practice.
    2. Demonstrate clinical skills and techniques, including assessment, consultation, cultural competence, and advocacy.
    3. Apply therapeutic interventions to diverse individuals, couples, and families in public and private services settings.

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Program Details & Credits:

Master of Science in Counseling - Online


Mental Health Counseling: 60 credits

Academic Level

Master's Degree


3 - 4 years

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Program Director:

Ariel K. Hernandez, PhD., QS, LMHC, NCC
Albizu University

Katrina R. Miller, Ed.D., NCC, CRC, BC-TMH

Professor & Accreditation Program Manager
Albizu University

Ashley Cooper-Leonhart, PhD., QS, LMHC, NCC

Associate Professor & Field Experience Coordinator
Albizu University

DEI Statement

The Master of Science in Counseling program promotes a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe this culture should extend to the faculty employed, the students we support, and the future clients they will serve. We are committed to lead with informed, respectful, and empathetic practices to provide a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment for our students and faculty.

Program Highlights

          • Meeting the needs of adult learners with flexible and convenient course schedules.
          • Save time and money while receiving high quality reputable education.
          • Receive specialized training to promote career advancement and career change opportunities.
          • Smaller virtual class sizes and student-faculty ratio to enhance learning by creating learning environments where students will be encouraged to engage in critical thinking and hone their skills to meet the needs of a diverse clientele upon graduation.
          • Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for different licenses and certifications in the state of Florida.

In Focus

          • Courses for the Master of Science in Counseling are conveniently available online with synchronous and asynchronous components.
          • The faculty members are active clinical professionals in their respective specialties who bring experiential learning into the classroom with practical application in theories, skills, techniques, research, and practice in their fields.
          • The MS program's extensive practicum placement network offers an ample choice of sites within the country to meet the needs of our national student population, including community mental health agencies, hospitals, treatment facilities, and schools.

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The Counseling program is committed to the recruitment of diverse individuals to support cultural competence and representation of diverse practitioners in the profession of counseling. All qualified applicants receive equal consideration for admission, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex or sex assigned at birth, gender or gender identity, familial or parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or non-religious beliefs, age, military or veteran status, and/or socioeconomic status. We enthusiastically invite individuals who are BIPOC, LGBTQA+, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

The Albizu University-Miami Counseling program is designed to meet the licensing requirements for counselors in the state of Florida only. It is the student’s responsibility to review licensing requirements for counselors in their home states or territories prior to enrollment. The American Counseling Association provides information on requirements for each state and territory to its members.

Applicants are considered academically eligible for admission if undergraduate transcripts with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above from an accredited college or university are presented. Completed applications may be reviewed on a case by case basis if the academic credentials do not meet the minimum requirement, but the cumulative undergraduate GPA was at least 2.5. In such cases, a GPA of 3.0 must be maintained during the first session in order to retain matriculation status.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

      1. Completed and signed application form and fee submitted prior to the established deadline dates;
      2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Applicants to a master’s level program must have obtained a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education or an institution of higher education located outside the United States, which at the time the applicant was enrolled maintained a standard of training substantially equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions in the United States which are accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
      3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from past professors;
      4. A current resume or vitae;
      5. A Statement of Purpose which provides clear indication of the applicant’s interest in the field, short and long term career goals, and how the applicant expects Albizu University-Miami to contribute to such goals. The statement should be typed, double-spaced, and one page in length.
      6. International students must submit an official evaluation of academic credentials by an authorized agency. Please refer the university catalog section entitled International Students for a detailed description of this requirement.

After all documentation and credentials have been received by the Office of Admissions, the applicant’s file is forwarded to the Counseling Program. The file is reviewed by faculty, who determine if an applicant should be granted an interview. The decision to interview an applicant does not indicate or imply acceptance into the program. If an interview is granted, the applicant will be evaluated by the faculty to determine their qualifications for program admittance. In addition to the application materials, faculty evaluate an applicant’s readiness for graduate-level and online academics and their potential for success in forming successful therapeutic relationships with diverse individuals. If the applicant is approved for admission, a letter of acceptance will be issued by the Office of Admissions. Ultimately, Albizu University-Miami reserves the right to reject any applicant.

                • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
                • Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the undergraduate level.
                • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended.
                • Complete the online application for admission through the following link: In addition, you can attach your admission documents in PDF format.
                • Copy of resume or curriculum vitae that summarizes the applicant’s credentials.
                • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a professor, employer, or a community leader (in accordance with the AU format).
                • A maximum of six (6) credits can be transferred from another graduate program at the program director’s discretion. Only courses with a grade of “B” or higher can be accepted for transferred coursework.
                • International students must submit an official evaluation of academic credentials by an authorized agency.
                • A statement of purpose, which should be double-spaced and one-page long. It must provide a clear indication of the applicant’s interest in the field, career goals, and how they expect Albizu University to contribute to such goals.

Once the Admissions Office receives all the required documentation and the interview process is completed, academic program advisors will contact successful candidates to provide program direction and guidance.

Albizu University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education.

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Master of Science in Counseling Program Disclosure

Albizu University is excited to introduce our upcoming Master of Science in Counseling Program, focusing on the Mental Health Counseling specialty area. As we gear up for the Spring 2024 session, set to begin in January, we encourage all interested candidates to familiarize themselves with our application procedures, disclosures, and requisite criteria.

Licensure and certification requirements vary across states. Students are required to contact their state licensing board or the licensing board in the state where they wish to practice with questions or concerns about licensure eligibility. In the State of Florida, the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling requires that “Beginning July 1, 2025, an applicant must have a master’s degree from a program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), or an equivalent accrediting body which consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours to apply for licensure.”

Our institution takes pride in its regional recognition by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). However, while Albizu University’s Master of Science in Counseling program is CACREP-aligned, it is not yet accredited by CACREP. We are diligently working towards initiating the CACREP accreditation process. The first step to apply for accreditation is the submission of the self-study by Albizu University to CACREP when the first cohort of students is in the final term of their program of study. The University anticipates submitting the self-study to CACREP in the Spring of 2026.

Our goal is to strive and achieve this accreditation in 2026, yet we emphasize that all outcomes are subject to the rigorous evaluation process that involves many variables and external factors. As such, while we are committed to this pursuit, we cannot guarantee exact timelines. CACREP Polices Governing Recognition of Graduates related to initial accreditation (5.a) state that the “Students in a program seeking accreditation shall be considered graduates of a CACREP program if they receive their degree within eighteen (18) months prior to when accreditation is conferred, and if the program can verify that the student completed the CACREP program requirements.”

We thank you for considering Albizu University for your academic pursuits and assure you of our commitment to excellence in education.

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