Concordia University Irvine’s Master’s Counseling Program Earns National Accreditation

Monday, September 09, 2019

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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the national association that accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling offered by colleges and universities, has granted accreditation to the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Concordia University Irvine in partnership with the Townsend Institute. The voluntary accreditation assures that graduates have met the majority of the educational requirements for licensure or certification as a counselor in most states.

After a multi-stage external review process, Concordia Irvine’s Master of Arts in Counseling program, as well as its curriculum and faculty, were found to have substantially meet the critical quality-related program requirements for accredited status. The initial CACREP accreditation is renewable in two years.

“Since Concordia launched its Master of Arts in Counseling program three years ago, we’ve been witnessing a steady growth pattern in our enrollment,” said Mike Shurance, dean, School of Professional Studies, Concordia University. “CACREP accreditation assures our students that their degree in counseling is from an institution that has voluntarily met the standards set by the profession.”

The Council for CACREP is the recognized training standard for counselors by the Institute of Medicine, and the Veteran’s Administration.

The Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Concordia University Irvine, launched in 2016, enrolls more than 300 students annually. Founded by New York Times bestselling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert John Townsend, the institute offers Master’s degree programs in counseling, executive coaching and consultation, and organizational leadership. Certificate programs are offered in executive coaching, helping professions, and organizational leadership. To learn more about the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine, visit

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a non-profit Lutheran Christian liberal arts four-year university that prepares students for their vocations—their callings in life. Concordia offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and athletics administration. CUI’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States just behind the Catholic Church. Concordia Irvine—the only NCAA DII university in Orange County—enrolls over 4,000 students annually and is considered an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

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