Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling

Elevate Your Expertise, Transform Lives

The Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling is tailored to counseling professionals holding a 48-credit Master's in Counseling that aim to acquire the additional credits essential for licensure and board certification. Whether you are considering a career shift or aspire to work in a clinical setting, our program provides the comprehensive training and resources you need to excel in your counseling career.

The program prepares students to sit for board certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Not only is this a unique program not offered by many other institutions, GW is the sole institution in the DMV area providing specialized training in play therapy.

The four required courses are part of the master’s curriculum which is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), aligning with our commitment to excellence in counseling education.



The GW Advantage

Learn under the mentorship of our esteemed faculty members who actively lead in national counseling associations, offering you unparalleled opportunities to establish lasting professional networks.

This program is designed to accommodate working professionals with courses in the evenings at our convenient Alexandria Education Center. In addition to smaller class sizes and easier parking and accessibility than the Foggy Bottom campus, Alexandria program students receive a discounted tuition rate.





 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling


Counseling and Human Development

Course Delivery:

Alexandria Education Center

Program Entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall

Our Mission

The Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling program is committed to preparing knowledgeable and ethical Professional Counselors equipped for the practice of individual, couple, child, family, and group counseling. Our program emphasizes working with diverse populations and developing strategies to promote the social, emotional, psychological, and physical health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations. We contribute to human development, adjustment, and change by encouraging our diverse faculty and student body to engage in reflective practice, critical inquiry, civic engagement, and responsible social action.

Department of Counseling and Human Development Statement on Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
Being anti-racist involves the internal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural commitment to confront and eliminate racism that exists in ideals and policies. In critical reflection of our individual and collective responsibilities to dismantle white supremacy and advance anti-oppressive andragogy, the CHD department is committed to anti-racist practices that:

  1. Address racism and discrimination directly through explicit discussion and action;
  2. Increase awareness of prejudice and confront its effects through the discussion of past and present racism, stereotyping and discrimination in society;
  3. Disrupt and dismantle the systems and structures that codify institutional racism and oppression within the department, the university, and the counseling profession;
  4. Disrupt and dismantle racial power inequities within the department, the university, and the counseling profession;
  5. Deeply challenge and hold all members of the CHD community accountable to advance their own anti-racism praxis; and
  6. Ensure the content and delivery of the curricula reflects this focus.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits in required courses.

Changes to the program plan of study are possible based on individual student needs and career goals and should be arranged with the faculty advisor upon admission to the program.

Please Note: PMC in Counseling students MUST register for courses at the Alexandria Education Center location only.

Required Courses
CNSL 6169 Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling
CNSL 6171 Family Counseling
CNSL 6175 Living and Dying: A Counseling Perspective
CNSL 6190 Advanced Career Counseling



 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

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To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Master's Degree in the Field of Counseling

  • Resume

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

  • Statement of Purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation (preferably one from a faculty member and one from a professional supervisor)

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

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Applications are now being accepted for Summer and Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Application Timeline Spring Summer Fall
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1 May 1
Round 5 Deadline N/A June 15 June 15
Round 6 Deadline N/A N/A Aug 1


For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.



 Tuition & Financial Aid

We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

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Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate* for the Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling program is $1,000 per credit hour.

This program requires 12 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

*Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

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 Career Outlook

A post-master's certificate in counseling can open up various advanced career opportunities, including in clinical or supervisory settings. Keep in mind that specific job opportunities and licensing requirements can vary by state and country, so it's essential to research the regulations and qualifications in your area. Additionally, some of these roles may require additional certifications or licensure beyond the post-master's certificate, so be sure to understand the specific requirements for the career path you wish to pursue.

This certificate program prepares you to sit for board certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Counseling Career Opportunities
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Career options within the field of counseling are vast. Below are just a sampling of potential opportunities for consideration:

  • Clinical Supervisor: If you have substantial counseling experience, you could become a clinical supervisor, overseeing and providing guidance to less-experienced counselors and therapists.
  • Private Practice: You can establish your own private counseling practice, working with clients and offering a range of counseling services.
  • Play Therapist: Work with children who may have emotional, behavioral, or social difficulties, and use play as a therapeutic tool to help them express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
  • Trauma Counselor: Focusing on trauma-informed care, you can work with individuals who have experienced trauma, helping them cope and heal from their experiences.
  • Crisis Counselor: Crisis counselors work in emergency or crisis situations, such as natural disasters or crisis hotlines, to provide immediate support and intervention to individuals in distress.
  • Career Counselor: Guide individuals in their career development, job search, and decision-making processes. Some organizations and colleges hire career counselors to provide these services.
  • Addiction Counselor: With a focus on addiction and substance abuse counseling, you can work in rehabilitation centers, community health organizations, or correctional facilities.
  • Child and Adolescent Counselor: Specializing in counseling children and teenagers, you can work in schools, youth centers, or private practice.
  • Mental Health Program Coordinator: Coordinate and manage mental health programs in community organizations, government agencies, or non-profit organizations.
  • Mental Health Expert/Consultant: Provide specialized advice and guidance on mental health-related issues to to fellow counselors, families, schools, businesses, or government agencies. The role could include providing research, assessment and analysis, treatment advice and intervention strategies, training, policy or program development, or authoring texts on the subject.



Counseling Certificate Faculty 

Dr. Bagmi Das

Program Co-Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Assistant Professor, Counseling and Human Development

Dr. Mary DeRaedt

Clinical Assistant Professor, Counseling and Human Development

(202) 994-9711
Dr. Maggie Parker

Associate Professor, Counseling and Human Development

(202) 994-8108



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