Program Description

Professional School Counseling emerged a century ago as communities of multi-generational families were transformed through war, urbanization, industrialization, immigration, compulsory education, increasing career choices, and other societal changes that brought about the need for mental health services. Providing counseling services through the schools was a logical extension of the family in the process known as "in loco parentis" in which while they were away from home in the school's care. The School Counseling Certificate is designed specifically for M.S. in 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 district and grade levels ranging from preschool through college and university.

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication OpenPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Autumn of 2019Jun 1, 2018Jun 15, 2019

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. 


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 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1
Books & Supplies$2,300
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.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1
Months enrolled9
Room & Board$11,655
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.