Graduate Counseling

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Empathy has impact.

Counseling is more than a career—it's a world-changing vocation that gives you an opportunity to bring healing and hope to hurting people. As a counselor, you are able to walk with people through life's challenges, making an impact on families and communities. 

All graduates from JBU's M.S. in Counseling program will be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 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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Program Length
The M.S. in Counseling is a 60 credit hour program with the option to add one (or more) of our emphases (listed below) for only 9-12 additional credit hours. Degree completion time depends on if a student pursues this degree part-time or full-time. 

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



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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 teens to reflect upon experiences using goal-based activities that provide a window into their own unique mental traits and challenges.