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Master of Science in Counseling

The emphases are:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling


The counseling program provides practical knowledge combined with a highly supervised clinical experience.


  • The program is grounded in Adventist Christian principles, and designed to train professionals for work in any setting.

  • The program meets or exceeds licensing requirements for every state in the U.S.

How the program works

  • Classes are held in the early evening.

  • Full-time students can complete the counseling program in as few as six semesters. Part-time enrollment is also available.

  • Personal attention and group camaraderie are the well-designed result of limited class sizes.


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Admission Requirements for the MS in Counseling


  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Students may be admitted who have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with no grade lower than a B-).

  • Six undergraduate upper-division hours in the behavioral sciences (or if on the graduate level, will not count as a part of the graduate program)

  • One undergraduate course in research or statistics (3 credit hours)


Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit three letters of recommendation—including one academic and one professional—along with the required recommendation forms. Letters should describe the relationship with you, evaluate ​your skills and accomplishments​, and summarize why they recommend you.  Download PDF  »

  4. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Download guidelines »

  5. Submit a professional resumé.

  6. Successfully complete an approved background check. (Verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download PDF »

  7. Submit results from the 16 PF Personality Test.

  8. Interview with faculty member.


International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

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Master's degree in counseling contact, Mikhael Spense


Email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. 

Mikhaile Spence
Graduate Enrollment Counselor

Graduate Faculty

Master's degree in counseling faculty Robert Coombs

Robert Coombs, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Counseling

PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
DMin, MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Sem.
BA, Carson-Newman College

Nivischi Edwards, PhD, LMHC, NCC, DCC
Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling

PhD, University of Central Florida
MA, Andrews University
BA, Syracuse University

Master's degree in counseling faculty Ileana Freeman-Gutierrez

Ileanna Freeman, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Counseling

PhD, Ball State University
BA and MA, Andrews University

Tron Wilder, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

PhD, Tennessee State University
EdS, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
BA, Southern Adventist University