The M.S. 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 300 hours of counseling field experience. LPCC and PPS options can be singular specializations or dual specializations within the degree program. Students who do not complete both LPCC and PPS specializations must replace eliminated courses with advisor-approved electives.
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 M.S. 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 a supervised clinical experience, and must pass two licensure examinations which are administered by the board.
PPS School Counseling Credential
The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling qualifies individuals to work as California K-12 public school counselors. Candidates must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) before a credential is granted by the state.
Program Length2 years
Students enrolled in the counseling degree program may choose to specialize as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) for work in environments such as community mental health agencies, career centers, recovery programs, legal systems, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, or in private practice. Students may also choose to specialize as school counselors by completing the requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in order to qualify for work as K-12 counselors in California public schools. Two hundred LPCC hours can count toward PPS elective hours.
Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Autumn of 2019||Jun 1, 2018||—||Jun 15, 2019|
Students may be admitted to the M.S. 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, including Live Scan
- Three letters of recommendation as specified
- Written personal statement with application
- Interview with three department faculty (Group interviews held in March and May)
- Applicants for whom English is not first language must present score for TOEFL as published in Loma Linda University Catalog
- Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide valid student visa
After admission into the M.S. Counseling program and completion of one quarter of coursework, a student may be required to take a 3-credit, graduate writing course as determined by the program director in consultation with department faculty. All M.S. in Counseling students completing PPS credential requirements must take the CBEST examination during their first or second quarter following admission.
PrerequisitesPlease reference the Admissions Requirements.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2019-2020
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Books & Supplies||$1,200||$1,600|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—||—|
Expected costs for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Room & Board||$11,655||$15,540|
- 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.