Prepare to Become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Online

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy online from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology empowers you to provide the guidance and counseling people need to lead healthier, more well-balanced lives.

Through interactive online course work led by distinguished Pepperdine faculty and clinical training in or near your own community, you will be prepared to pursue work as an LPC in as few as 27 months.

What Does a Licensed Professional Counselor Do?

Licensed professional counselors are trained to provide mental health and substance abuse care to individuals, families, and groups.

As a licensed professional counselor, you may see clients who are:

  • Suffering through depression.
  • Affected by substance abuse.
  • Affected by psychological disorders.
  • Going through stress caused by abuse, grief, emotional pain, fear, anger, or guilt.

You will help your clients by:

  • Being a thorough listener.
  • Highlighting problematic behavioral patterns.
  • Evaluating and finding effective and pragmatic resolutions to problems.
  • Helping replace dysfunctional behaviors with healthier alternatives.

LPC Licensure Requirements

To pursue a career as an LPC, first you will need to have earned a bachelor’s degree. Students of all educational backgrounds are able to apply. You will then need to:

Licensing requirements vary by state. You can learn more about LPC requirements by state by visiting your state’s licensing board.

Did You Know?

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology has been preparing students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership since 1971. Our online master’s in clinical psychology program is an extension of that mission—as such, our curriculum features the latest in multicultural counseling, trauma in diverse populations, substance abuse counseling, and more.

Earn Your Master’s. Help People Thrive.

Learn more about Pepperdine’s online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program today.

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LPC Career Options

LPC career options are many. Licensed counselors can work in hospitals, schools, and social service agencies; consult for organizations; or even start their own practice. LPCs can also choose to focus their work with a specific population, such as children or couples.

As you earn your master’s and complete your fieldwork hours, you’ll have time to explore your areas of interest within the field.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for mental health counselors is projected to grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029.1

Start Your LPC Path at Pepperdine

You want to help people lead healthier lives, and Pepperdine has empowered students to do just that since 1971. Join us—we’re just getting started.

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (visited May 12, 2021). arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference