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Professional Licensure

Graduate Counseling: Professional Clinical Counselor

Clinical Counselor Professional Licensure

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

The Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) programs meet the educational standards and have been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science, leading to an LMFT or LPCC counselor license in California. Students who wish to practice in a state other than California may or may not have additional educational and/or non-educational requirements to complete prior to applying for licensure. Students should be aware of such varying requirements that may prohibit the attainment of licensure in various states – a criminal background, for example, may be a non-educational restriction to licensure in some states. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the Marriage & Family Therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor professional licensure webpage to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. MSMU would like to help applicants and current students navigate the licensure process. Contact the Psychology department at gradpsy@msmu.edu to discuss the process of obtaining an LMFT or LPCC license in a state outside of California.

States for which MSMU’s LPCC MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
States for which MSMU’s LPCC DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification
States for which MSMU HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the LPCC program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification

Categorization Criteria

  1. States where graduate counseling MEETS educational requirements:
    • Curriculum requirements (including internship/practicum/experience hours required to graduate) must meet all requirements mandated by the State
  2. States where graduate counseling DOES NOT MEET educational requirements
    • Curriculum requirements do not match up with requirements mandated by the State
  3. States where graduate counseling has not made a determination
    • Research is still in progress