Graduate Counseling

One Degree. Three Emphasis Options. Endless Possibilities.

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Why Study Counseling?


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 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).  

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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. 


According to a survey conducted by the JBU Career Development Center for 2018-2019 graduates, 91% of graduate students landed within 6 months of graduation.*

*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. 


M.S. in Counseling Emphases

Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapy

An emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for successful careers as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). Through the integration of classroom instruction and clinical preparation, students are exceptionally equipped for counseling careers and ministry positions.

Play Therapy
Play Therapy

An emphasis in Play Therapy will teach students to use a variety of play and creative arts techniques to better assist children to communicate or express their thoughts and feelings.

Adventure Therapy
Adventure Therapy

An emphasis in Adventure Therapy will prepare students to use experiential therapy to promote healing. Adventure therapy encourages clients to reflect upon experiences using goal-based activities that provide a window into their own unique mental traits and challenges. 

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Benefits of JBU's Counseling program


Receive one-on-one support and feedback from professors.

Gain expertise through conducting live therapy sessions in JBU's Community Counseling Clinic.

Study counseling from a biblical worldview.

Graduate feeling equipped to honor God and serve others.