JBU’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students for certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). One of the nation’s fastest-growing careers, mental health counseling can be richly rewarding for compassionate, empathetic people who want to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

The Graduate Counseling department offers two majors for the Master of Science degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. 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?

Mental health counseling was named one of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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