Loma Linda University

24 months
42092 USD/year
42092 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Counseling from Loma Linda University is 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. 


The M.S. in Counseling degree is offered with high quality academic and clinical standards that is 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 must apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for approval as an LPCC Clinical Counselor Intern, complete a supervised clinical internship, and pass 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.

Possible Careers: 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.


The Western Association for School and Colleges (WASC) accredits the MS Counseling degree program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Culture, Socioeconomic Status and Therapy
  • Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development
  • Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures
  • Groups: Process and Practice
  • Counseling Theory and Applications
  • Exceptional and Medically Challenged Children

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42092 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    42092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42092 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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