- Apply now: Now accepting applications for Fall 2021! Apply by 8/1/21.
- All application fees currently waived.
- Incorporate the School Counseling Certificate (PPS) into your two-year Counseling master's degree with no added time (additional application required).
- Tuition waivers are available for those interested in adding a Play Therapy or Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate to their program (see below for more information).
At a Glance
- 2-year (full-time) or 3-year (part-time), 90 quarter unit program with minimum of 300 clinical hours
- LPCC meets California BBS regulations for working as a clinician to treat individuals, couples, and families
- One-on-one faculty advisement, mentoring, and support
- Embedded curriculum for practice with active duty military and veterans
- Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning, respect for all persons, and compassionate whole person care
- Embedded professional self-care
Interim Program Director: Randall Walker, MS, LMFT
Degree and Specialization Options
The Master of Science in Counseling program is designed to give candidates a solid foundation in behavioral health counseling. Students have the option of including the School Counseling certificate (leading to the Pupil Personnel Services credential) or the Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate. Students who do not pursue one of the certificates complete elective units.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC)
Professional Clinical Counseling is one of several behavioral health professions requiring state licensure for employment in mental health settings and independent practice. Clinical counselors are prepared to diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families, and groups who need help in working through personal and relational challenges. Loma Linda University's LPCC program is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), the state agency responsible for regulating educational programs, post-graduation internships and licensure in the profession. The educational program meets national standards and is portable to other states.
Supervised Counseling Practice
In addition to courses, Counseling MS candidates are required to complete supervised counseling practice during their master’s degree program. Placements depend upon interests and specialization(s) chosen for the program. As students from the School of Behavioral Health, our students are routinely placed in the Loma Linda University Health Behavioral Medicine Center (BMC) and its programs. In addition, students may also choose to be placed in community agencies, employee and student assistance programs (EAP/SAP), and other social service organizations.
The majority of candidates enter the Counseling MS program in Fall Quarter and complete at the end of Spring Quarter in their second year. This requires seven consecutive quarters of full-time coursework and commitment to field experience during most school vacations with the exception of major holidays.
Students entering an MS degree program within the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences in academic year 2021-2022 who are interested in obtaining certification in Play Therapy or Drug and Alcohol Counseling will receive a tuition waiver for the certificate program of their choice. Students interested in this benefit are required to enroll in elective courses specified by their academic advisor. Given available spaces, students enrolling in the Systems, Families, and Couples PhD program may also take advantage of this benefit. Tuition waivers do not apply to any units used to support the student's primary degree program.
Careers in Clinical Counseling
Professional counselors are master's level health service providers trained to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups of nonrelated members. Clients include children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. The counseling profession offers a wide variety of career options. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) are employed in mental health agencies; county behavioral health departments, college and university counseling centers, employee and student assistance programs (EAP/SAP); inpatient and outpatient medical facilities; legal systems for clinical mediation; recovery and substance abuse programs; group homes; managed health care organizations; foster and adoption services; career and rehabilitation centers; church settings; military bases; and private practice.
The academic programs at Loma Linda University are regionally accredited by the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC] Senior College and University Commission). The Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) program is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
Why Choose the Counseling MS Program?
- Loma Linda University is a Christian institution dedicated to the values of Compassion, Integrity, Excellence, Freedom, Justice, Purity, and Humility.
- The University is committed to whole person care based upon a multi-systemic perspective that integrates biological, behavioral, affective, cognitive, social, and spiritual wellness.
- Rich academic community with diversity across culture, ethnicity, age, educational background, experiences, beliefs, and practices.
- Faculty-student ratio ideal for collaboration and mentoring.
- Access to high quality field experience placements on and off campus.
- Flexible entrance schedules and options for part-time study allow for individualization of programs to meet students' needs.
*Applications received by the priority deadline are reviewed first and receive admission responses earlier. Applications received after the priority deadline and before the standard deadline are reviewed as they are completed until the program has reached capacity. If you have any questions about when your application might be reviewed, please contact the program director.