Program
School
Degree
Program
Child Life Specialist, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
An advanced program degree for careers working with children in many diverse areas of healthcare environments.
Possible Careers
Child life is a growing but competitive field. Although child life has its traditional foundations in hospitals, an increasing number of child life specialists are applying their unique expertise to help children in other environments, including outpatient healthcare facilities, doctor offices, hospice care, specialized camps, schools, court systems, and funeral homes.

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

Program Length
2 years
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Program
Counseling and MFT MS (Dual Degree with Certificate)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
Alternative Program Name: MS, Counseling with MS, Marital and Family Therapy with School Counseling Certificate
The 119-quarter unit Dual Degree Masters' Program offers maxium flexibility for those interested in careers in behavioral health. The program permits students to earn two masters' degrees - counseling MS degree and MS in marital and family therapy (nationally accredited through the Commssion on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)). Graduates are eligible to sit for Professional Clinical Counselor and a  Marriage and Family Therapist licenses (in California; issued through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). Students also earn a school counseling certificate making them eligible for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing). Program may be completed in three years of full-time study. Applications accepted for fall, winter, spring and summer starts. Clinical placements  available within the Loma Linda University Health care system as well as local community agencies and organizations. Program offered within a Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning and compassionate whole person care. 
Possible Careers
Graduates may work in for-profit and private non-profit and public settings, including county departments of mental health, departments of child and family services (as well as other governmental agencies) hospitals (such as the Loma Linda University health care system), and private practice settings. 
Program Length
119-quarter units over three years
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Program
Counseling, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The Master of Science in Counseling ls designed to give students a broad academic background in mental health counseling and professional training for a wide variety of careers working with individuals, families, and groups. Professional counselors assist clients in working through personal and emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, family stress, developmental transitions, crisis, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, medical problems, disability, education and career planning, personal loss, and grief.
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.

Program Length
2 years
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Program
Criminal Justice, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS

The MS in Criminal Justice emphasizes integrated behavioral health interventions, restorative justice, and community reintegration to address the prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation needs of persons at risk for or who have already been incarcerated. Students learn to work with social services, law enforcement, courts, probation and parole to support at risk, incarcerated and recently released inmates. 

Possible Careers

Forensic mental health therapist (combined with a licensable mental health degree), Family reunification advocate, Juvenile justice/criminal court social worker (combined with a BSW/MSW), Victim/witness advocate, Correctional Counselor, Juvenile or Criminal Rehabilitation Specialist, Administrator/program director.

Program Length
2 Years
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Program
Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PB CERT
The LLU Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate Program is a 100% online, post-baccalaureate  program targeting individuals pursuing licensure or licensed as a mental health professional. 13 quarter units 9 academic units plus 4 practicum units) over four quarters. Courses offered in synchronous and asynchronous formats. 200 hours of supervised field experience required. Applications accepted throughout year.
Possible Careers
Graduates may find employment as addiction counselors, substance abuse counselors in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment settings. With the appropriate licensure, qualified individuals may work in private practice settings. 
Program Length
One year (12 months) or four quarters
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Program
Gerontology, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS

The MS in Gerontology degree emphasizes a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to of aging and aging processes, and prepares students to enhance and support the lives of older adults and their families in the community and geriatric practice settings.

Possible Careers

Gerontologist can work in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities either working directly with older adults or in administrative roles overseeing proper care procedures; Many Gerontologists work in the areas of advocacy or as consultants and/or directors for community programs and senior centers; Teaching and research are also career options.

Program Length
2 years
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Program
Marital and Family Therapy (prior COAMFTE accredited MS), DMFT (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DMFT
The DMFT prepares graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels.
Possible Careers
  • Community Mental Health Administration
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Mental Health Administration within the elementary and secondary school settings
  • Academia—Adjunct and Full-time faculty positions
  • Research
  • Clinical positions in many mental health settings
Program Length
2 years
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Program
Marital and Family Therapy (prior nonCOAMFTE accredited MS), DMFT (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
DMFT
The DMFT prepare graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels.
Possible Careers
  • Community Mental Health Administration
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Mental Health Administration within the elementary and secondary school settings
  • Academia—Adjunct and Full-time faculty positions
  • Research
  • Clinical positions in many mental health settings
  • Private Practice
Program Length
3 years
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Program
Marital and Family Therapy, MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy is designed to give students a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
Possible Careers
Graduates from Loma Linda University's MFT Master's program are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments - both for and non-profit agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2 Years
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Program
Psychology (Clinical), PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The Ph.D. in Psychology program follows the traditional scientist-practitioner model. The Department of Psychology is committed to the highest levels of excellence in all aspects relevant to graduate education in psychology and meets all the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs.
Possible Careers
An important goal of our psychology programs is to prepare psychologists for careers in such settings as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academic settings.
Program Length
6 years (Including Internship)
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Program
Psychology (Clinical), PsyD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PsyD
The Psy.D. program follows the practitioner-scholar model and places more emphasis on clinical practice. The Department of Psychology is committed to the highest levels of excellence in all aspects relevant to graduate education in psychology and meets all the APA standards of accreditation for graduate programs.
Possible Careers
An important goal of our psychology programs is to prepare psychologists for careers in such settings as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academic settings.
Program Length
5 years (Including Internship)
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Program
School Counseling, PM CERT
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PM CERT

The School Counseling Certificate is designed specifically for M.S.  Counseling and 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.

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.

Program Length
2 Year Degree
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Program
Social Welfare and Social Research, PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
  • 92 quarter unit academic program;
  • Promotes integrative and interdisciplinary research focusing on chronic social issues, social justice, implementation science, and global practice;
  • Small class size for maximum learning experience;
  • Graduate assistantships (for qualified applicants) nurturing research interests, publications, and career endeavors.
Possible Careers
Graduates of the program are prepared for advanced administrative and research roles in national and international health and human services, policy development and analysis, and as university faculty.
Program Length
4 years
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Program
Social Work, MSW
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 78-unit program emphasizing biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University’s internationally recognized health system provide students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care and global practice setting.

Possible Careers

Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator. 

Program Length

The MSW degree can be completed through the 2-, 3-, or, 4- year curriculum options. Other program options include:  a 3-year hybrid program with preference given to individuals working full-time or have a georgraphic distance of 25 miles form the campus; and Advanced Standing options for recent Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates.

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Program
Systems, Families, and Couples, PhD
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
PhD
The mission for the PhD in Systems, Families, and Couples is to bring health, healing, wholeness, and hope to individuals, families, and communities through education, research, clinical training, and service to the community. The PhD program in Systems, Families, and Couples prepares students to be scholars in the field of Family Science. This PhD program offers a Family Studies specialty (non-clinical) and a Couple and Family Therapy specialty (clinical).
Possible Careers

Graduates of the PhD program in Systems, Families, and Couples are multiculturally informed and well prepared to serve as ethically competent leaders who advance the field of family science in the areas of couple and family therapy and family life education. Our alumni most often work as faculty members in academic and clinical programs, social and behavioral science researchers, clinic directors, advanced clinicians and clinical supervisors, both nationally and internationally. Additional career paths that our alumni have taken have included organizational consultation and ministry.
Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.

Program Length
Minimum of 3-4 years full-time study (part-time plans available)
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