JBU’s largest and oldest counseling program, the MS in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for successful careers in family counseling. Through the integration of classroom instruction and clinical preparation, students are exceptionally equipped for counseling careers and ministry positions.

The Graduate Counseling department offers three majors for the Master of Science degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. Students may opt to take more than one major and may add an emphasis in Play Therapy.

Graduate Counseling classes are offered in evening and weekend formats on the main campus in Siloam Springs, or at JBU educational centers in Fort Smith, Little Rock and Rogers. Select courses are offered online.

4 reasons to study counseling at JBU:

  • Great faculty – At JBU, you’ll learn from men and women who have extensive academic training and years of clinical experience. Our faculty not only keep up with current research in the field, they are all licensed counselors who still see clients and bring real-world perspective into our classrooms.
  • Real clinical experience – To be a great counselor, you need more than just time in the classroom; you need face-to-face interaction with clients under the supervision of experienced counselors. As a Graduate Counseling student, you will conduct live therapy sessions and get feedback from faculty and peers to help you become a better counselor.
  • Cultivate compassion and care – Counseling is more than a job, and successful counselors do more than just listen. At JBU, counseling students become equipped with knowledge, attitudes and skills that promote Christ-likeness and clinical expertise.
  • Unique focus on Christian values – At JBU, we believe in education of the whole person – head, heart, hand. All of our courses are taught from a Christian worldview, with faculty who are committed to the academic and spiritual growth of our students.

Did you know?

The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy is one of the largest majors in the Graduate School, with more than 220 students pursuing the degree.



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