Graduate Counseling

One Degree. Three Emphasis Options. Endless Possibilities.

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Make the switch. Earn a master's in counseling.

Why You Should Study Counseling at JBU.

Counseling is more than a job—it's a fulfilling vocation that gives you an opportunity to bring hope and healing to people who are hurting.  JBU's M.S. in Counseling program will equip you to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Arkansas. You'll receive one-on-one support from professors and will graduate feeling equipped to honor God and serve others. Learn more about the departmental mission statement and student learning outcomes.

You can choose from three emphasis options: Marriage and Family Therapy, Play Therapy, and Adventure Therapy. Those who choose to add the Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis will also be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  

In JBU's Graduate Counseling program, you will gain real-world experience through your practicum requirements as you conduct live therapy sessions in JBU's Counseling Clinic. Additionally, JBU will place you in a local counseling clinic for your internship requirement.

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

Department of Graduate Counseling Annual Report

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Who is the MS in Counseling for?

Great counselors have a variety of qualities some of which are empathy, listening skills, compassion, and a desire to help people. They desire to use their skills to help others.

There is a need for counselors in various settings, such as community mental health agencies, hospitals, private practices, churches/ministries, human and social service agencies, college/student counseling centers, and addiction/substance abuse treatment centers. If you desire to work in one of these organizations, then this program is for you.

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Schedule a call with an admissions counselor to learn more about the counseling program.

Next, start your application and get accepted.  

Study Counseling

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. In JBU's program, you'll conduct live therapy sessions in JBU's Community Counseling Clinic and get feedback from faculty and peers to help you become a better counselor. 


87% of JBU graduate students landed within 6 months of graduation, according to a survey conducted by the JBU Career Development Department for 2019-2020 graduates.*

*landed: employed, grad school, volunteer, or military

Program length 

60 credit hours with the option to add one (or more) of our emphases for only 9-12 additional credit hours. Students typically graduate within 2.5 - 3.5 years depending on how many hours students take each semester.

Program Format

Face-to-face Counseling courses are offered in multiple locations: Little Rock, Rogers, and Siloam Springs with about one-third of the courses available online. 


Departmental Mission Statement

The Department of Graduate Counseling provides Christ-centered counselor training that promotes personal development, academic excellence, and clinical competency. 

Departmental Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Department of Graduate Counseling will demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of a spiritual/religious/Christian worldview as it relates to counseling practice.
  • Students will identify, develop, and demonstrate personal and professional counseling dispositions.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of core counseling knowledge.
  • Students will synthesize and apply core clinical skills with diverse populations and problems.