Graduate Counseling

One Degree. Three Emphases. Endless Possibilities.

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Empathy has an impact.

Counseling is more than a career—it's a world-changing vocation that gives you an opportunity to bring healing and hope to people who are hurting. All graduates from JBU's M.S. in Counseling program will be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). You can choose from multiple emphasis options. 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 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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Benefits of JBU's Counseling program

 

Receive one-on-one support from professors through smaller class sizes.

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

Graduate feeling equipped to honor God and serve others through studying counseling from a biblical worldview.

 

M.S. in Counseling Emphases

Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapy

The Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis will prepare 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

The Play Therapy emphasis 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

The Adventure Therapy emphasis 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.