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About the Department of Counseling

The Hampton University Department of Counseling is a nationally accredited program through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). Since its launch in 1982, the Department of Counseling has prepared counselors to address social justice issues and societal needs by staying cutting and edge and innovative, including the addition of a online doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision.  The Department seeks to create professional counselors who are leaders and advocates, and change agents within their communities and school settings at local, national, and international levels. The Master’s-level concentrations offered by the Department are: School Counseling, Student Affairs/College Student Development, Community Mental Health Counseling, Addictions Counseling, and Pastoral Counseling. In addition, the School offers an Education Specialist degree and a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. In 2010, the program was awarded a local chapter of Chi Sigma Iota which is the International counseling Honor Society.

Department Accomplishments

The HU Counseling Department has steadily grown in reputation and stature.  In 2014, the Department was awarded a $986,000 grant over three years from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to increase the number of professional mental health counselors.  The National Board of Certified Counselors in 2013 acknowledged the Department as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. The Department is also regarded as a center of excellence within the University. Its faculty currently provides evaluation services for two National Science Foundation grants, one Health Resources Services Administration grant, and one Department of Education grant, all of which are led by other units at Hampton.

In 2019 Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Counseling Graduate Student Conference was held at Hampton University. This conference was hosted by the Department of Counseling.

The counseling program is deeply involved in the community to provide services that address issues faced by individuals impacting their wellness, academic and career success, and quality of life to those less fortunate. The program is continuously involved with the Community Free Clinic of Newport News to develop integrated care models. The program continues to sponsor trips for students to attend the Virginia Board of Counseling meetings to ensure students have a foundation for advocacy.


We are known for educational excellence, leadership development and nurturing close interactions among students and faculty. We offer a world-class graduate program, dedicated faculty, and exciting opportunities for research and creative scholarly activity.



CACREP Program Outcomes for Hampton University Graduate Counseling Program

Program Accreditations

The Department of Counseling programs are accredited by:



Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) The Council for Accreditation

of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council

 for Higher education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following School of Liberal Arts and Education’s

programs in the Department of Counseling at

Hampton University:

Community Mental Health (M.A.); Student Affairs/College Student Development (M.A.); and School Counseling (M.A.)


 Recent student data profile and results of assessments for the counseling programs can be found under Program Evaluation and Data in the Department of Counseling section.


A: Number of graduates in 2020

The Hampton University Counseling Department had the following number of candidates to graduate with the MA degree in Counseling in 2020:

1-      Spring 2020- 5 (five)

2-      December 2020- 2 (two)


B- Completion rate

The Hampton University Counseling Department data indicates a 95% completion rates for MA level students matriculating through the program.


C- Licensure or Certification Examination pass rate

The Hampton University Counseling Department data indicates a licensure or certification pass rate of 91% among its matriculating students.


D- Job Placement Rate of students/graduates


The Hampton University Counseling Department data indicates a 95% job placement rate among its graduates.

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