Instructions for Graduate Applications for

Hickory, Asheville, & Columbia, SC 

Applications are accepted year round for Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

To Apply:

  • Click on Hickory, Asheville, or Columbia to apply online to the campus of your choice.      
  • Click Here to submit your non-refundable $35.00 application fee online, or mail a check or money order to the address above.

Additional Application Materials Needed:

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended 
  2. An official copy of GRE or MAT test scores (unless Career Admission Track applies)
  3. If Career Admission Track, one professional Recommendation 
  4. Essay clearly articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted your decision to pursue a Counseling degree
  5. Resume

 

Go to Forms & Instructions for Submitting Application Materials to find out how easy it is to submit your forms electronically! 

Send Official Transcripts and Test Scores to:

Hickory Campus: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Division of Enrollment Management, LR Box 7227,  Hickory, NC 28603. 

Asheville Campus: Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC  28801.

Columbia Campus: Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, 4201 North Main Street, Columbia, SC  29203.

Thank you for your interest in Lenoir-Rhyne University!

What will I study?


The CACREP accredited LRU Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling is designed to prepare individuals for positions as professional counselors in agencies and/or school settings. And, the program is growing. Students have the opportunity to take courses on the LRU main campus in Hickory or at the LRU Center for Graduate Studies located in Asheville and the new Center for Graduate Studies located in Columbia. The curriculum at all sites is identical, placing a strong primary emphasis on the development of strong clinical skills, and students also will have the opportunity to interact with the LRU faculty at all locations.  

Upon receiving the Master of Arts degree in counseling, students will meet course work requirements for eligibility to take the examination to become a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina. Students satisfactorily completing the School Counseling program requirements and receiving a passing score on the PRAXIS specialty examination will be eligible for licensure as a school counselor in North Carolina. Grow with us, and enter into a profession that helps others rise as well.

How will I grow?


Strengths of the program include an engaged faculty connected to the community and its partner sites. The size of the program is ideal. Students are offered the mentoring possible with a small program, yet also the growth of a larger one--multiple specializations, community connections for practical experience and employment opportunities, as well as multiple sites and diverse course platforms for student convenience.

The program has a strong, experienced faculty and strives to emphasize both theory and practical application for students through partnerships with various community partners and clinical sites.
The programs provide a strong emphasis on clinical training and application, and merges theory and praxis.
All faculty members have extensive experience as Licensed Professional Counselors in clinical practice in agencies, private practices, and/or schools.
All faculty members are Licensed Professional Counselors.
There is a strong emphasis within the counseling program on faculty serving as mentors to students; therefore, faculty are accessible to students.
Faculty assist students in the development of a professional portfolio for use in program assessment as well as for licensure and future employment.
Diversity in the student population provides unique opportunities for peer teaching and learning.

Clinical Partnership sites include:

  • Public schools, which provide specialized experiences with children
  • Residential care and assisted living facilities, which provide specialized opportunities in counseling across the life span
  • Rape Crisis Center, which provides opportunities for group counseling with individuals recovering from the trauma of violence.
  • Various unique clinical community sites


Areas of Specialized Training include:

  • Counseling within Integrated He
  • Counseling military service members and families
  • Counseling victims of violence and trauma
  • Counseling children
  • Counseling couples and families
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Pastoral counseling  (COMING SOON)

What's my next step?


Instructions for Graduate Applications for

Hickory, Asheville, & Columbia, SC 

Applications are accepted year round for Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

To Apply:

  • Click on Hickory, Asheville, or Columbia to apply online to the campus of your choice.      
  • Click Here to submit your non-refundable $35.00 application fee online, or mail a check or money order to the address above.

Additional Application Materials Needed:

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended 
  2. An official copy of GRE or MAT test scores (unless Career Admission Track applies)
  3. If Career Admission Track, one professional Recommendation 
  4. Essay clearly articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted your decision to pursue a Counseling degree
  5. Resume

 

Go to Forms & Instructions for Submitting Application Materials to find out how easy it is to submit your forms electronically! 

Send Official Transcripts and Test Scores to:

Hickory Campus: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Division of Enrollment Management, LR Box 7227,  Hickory, NC 28603. 

Asheville Campus: Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC  28801.

Columbia Campus: Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, 4201 North Main Street, Columbia, SC  29203.

Thank you for your interest in Lenoir-Rhyne University!