Program Description

The MS in Counseling degree is offered with high quality academic and clinical standards designed to prepare counselors with a broad background in mental health counseling and school counseling. It requires 90 quarter credits of academic work and 280 hours of counseling field experience. Students have the option of including the School Counseling certificate (leading to the Pupil Personnel Services credential) or the Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate. Students who do not pursue one of the certificates complete elective units.

LPCC Clinical Counselor License
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) represent one of several mental health professions requiring California licensure to practice. Preparation requires successful completion of the MS degree in Counseling with supervised clinical training through-out. Following degree completion, a candidate applies to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for approval as an LPCC Clinical Counselor Associate, completes 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, and must pass two licensure examinations administered by the Board.

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Program Length

2 years

Possible Careers

Graduates from the counseling degree program upon completion of 3,000 hours of supervised experience may work as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in environments such as community mental health agencies, career centers, recovery programs, legal systems, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, or in private practice.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Winter of 2022 Jul 14, 2021 Oct 15, 2021 Nov 20, 2021
Spring of 2022 Jul 14, 2021 Jan 15, 2022 Feb 19, 2022
Summer of 2022 Jul 14, 2021 Mar 1, 2022 Apr 30, 2022
Autumn of 2022 Jul 14, 2021 Dec 11, 2021 Apr 30, 2022

Admissions Requirements

Students may be admitted to the MS in Counseling during any of the four quarters which begin in July, September, January, and March. Prior to enrollment, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in any field. No prerequisite examinations or courses are required for admission. The following admission standards apply:

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 All official college transcripts received by LLU Health clearance, including TB testing
  • Background check
  • Three letters of recommendation as specified. Written personal statement with application
  • Interview with department faculty
  • Applicants for whom English is not first language must present score for TOEFL as published in the current edition of the Loma Linda University Catalog
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide valid student visa


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.

State Accrediting Agency

The academic programs at Loma Linda University are regionally accredited by the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC] Senior College and University Commission).
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2021-2022

Year of Program: Year Year Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $39,457 $35,690
Fees $2,757 $4,376
Books & Supplies $3,000 $3,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $45,214 $43,066


Expected costs for the 2021-2022 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector. 
Many students receive financial aid in this program.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2021-2022, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year Year Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 12
Room & Board $13,275 $17,700
Transportation $2,880 $3,840
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.