Professional Counseling

Master of Science

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Your life has a calling.

How will you answer it? 

Become a skilled, compassionate counselor who makes a positive impact

Gain the knowledge, values, and skills needed to improve the mental health of individuals, families, and groups. This holistic, faith-based learning experience includes rigorous academics, dynamic faculty interactions, and customized internships.

About This Degree

The MS in Professional Counseling — which includes a Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization — will academically prepare students for state licensure as clinical mental health counselors. Students will learn how to address clients’ emotional, mental, and spiritual needs while maintaining a commitment to professional practice and service. In an educational environment which promotes active learning, students will integrate Christian beliefs and practices with the scholarship and professional standards of the counseling field.

Program Highlights

  • Faith-integrated curriculum
  • Online learning platform — complete your coursework on your schedule
  • Connect with faculty and classmates during our annual in-person intensive
  • Practicum and internships provide hands-on, marketable experience
  • Preparation for clinical licensure
  • Active learning — role-plays, case studies, demonstrations, and discussions
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
Throughout this program, students will:
  • Learn to integrate the principles of effective counseling with Biblical values.
  • Demonstrate collaborative problem-solving skills using multiple theoretical approaches.
  • Develop skills in counseling theory in a variety of settings.
  • Apply acquired skills and techniques to real-world counseling situations.
  • Research contemporary mental health issues 
  • Provide practical solutions to clients

Note: Students in SEU’s Masters of Science in Pastoral Care & Counseling may transfer into the MS in Professional Counseling to continue their education.

Program Details

Credit Hours: 60

Degree delivery: Online
(Cohort model with annual, one-week, on-campus residency.)

Est. Program Length:  5 semesters

Practice hours: 1,000 completed during degree = 100 practicum (40 direct); 600 internship (240 direct)

Tuition: See rates

Career Ideas

This degree will prepare you to practice as a mental-health counselor/therapist in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private counseling practice
  • Community mental health centers
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Church-based counseling centers
  • Wellness centers
  • Healthcare facilities/clinics
  • Schools/universities

Post-Graduate Steps

After graduation, students must pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and complete the remaining clinical hour requirements* to obtain licensure. This supervised clinical internship is separate from the practice hours earned during the completion of their degree.

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree is a licensure preparation program for those who wish to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs in Florida) or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs as designated in some other states). In order to obtain such licensure, candidates must apply and meet the full requirements of their state.

*Individual state licensure requirements vary; please verify licensure requirements for the state in which you reside.