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 450 hours of counseling field experience. A single LPCC track as well as a dual LPCC/PPS specialization are available. 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 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.

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.

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Program Length

2 years

Possible Careers

Graduates from the counseling degree program 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. Graduates completing the requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential may work as K-12 counselors in California public schools.

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
Summer of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Mar 1, 2021 Apr 30, 2021
Autumn of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Dec 1, 2020 Apr 30, 2021

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, including Live Scan
  • 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 Loma Linda University Catalog
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide valid student visa

Post-Admission Requirements
After admission into the MS 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 MS in Counseling students completing PPS credential requirements must take the CBEST examination during their first or second quarter following admission.


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 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 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.