Program Description

The School Counseling Certificate is designed specifically for M.S. in Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy students who wish to add the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling to their program. All degree requirements and certificate requirements must be met and the degree awarded prior to recommendation for the PPS credential.

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Program Length

2 Year Degree

Possible Careers

In addition to working with students on campus, professional school counselors serve as consultants for school administrators, faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and other professionals who work with and for students. The role of professional school counselors varies with the public school district and grade levels ranging from preschool through college and university.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2020 Sep 1, 2019 Dec 1, 2019 Jul 31, 2020

Admissions Requirements

Loma Linda University students in the M.S. Counseling or M.S. degree in Marital and Family Therapy Program may complete the School Counseling Certificate program concurrently with their degree program. The application process for the certificate is separate, and acceptance is not automatic.

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


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
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 2020-2021

Year of Program: Year 1
Tuition $20,280
Fees $2,700
Books & Supplies $2,300
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $25,280


Expected costs for the 2020-2021 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1
Months enrolled 9
Room & Board $12,645
Transportation $2,880
Personal Expenses $2,070


  • 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.