Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

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Advance Your Career

Be prepared for career opportunities in professional positions. You’ll find emphasis on a biblical counseling model and be equipped for state licensure and doctoral work in the fields of counseling or psychology.

Earn your M.S.C. on-campus or online
Be mentored by caring professors
Be fully prepared for licensure

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Master of Science in Counseling degree


Accessible and Practical

In the Master of Science of Counseling program, you will be equipped with a required counseling core and several credits of elective courses, allowing you to pursue focus areas. You will be prepared to pass the National Certified Counselor (NCC) exam and apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

* Although many states have very similar licensure requirements, a person wishing to be licensed in a state other than Pennsylvania will need to review the requirements of that particular state.
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Julie Everhart

Master of Science in Counseling

“So many times I’m sitting in that counseling room thinking I don’t know what to say to that person. But that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in and I’ll be saying something five minutes later that is totally God directed. That’s my biggest benefit to getting my degree through CSU, that biblical foundation together with the knowledge and tools I needed to be effective in a secular workplace.”


What Will You Learn?

In all of the programs at CSU, you’ll be interacting with small class sizes and professors who really care and desire to mentor you. You’ll not only receive quality academics to prepare you for your career, but discipleship to prepare you for life. Secondary English Education Degree.

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Learn from a biblical perspective

The Bible is the foundation, focus and filter throughout the entire program, allowing you to competently deal with secular theories without comprising biblical truth.

Get hands-on experience

You will have the chance to watch multiple actual counseling sessions in the on-campus counseling center. Gain valuable experience by working with real clients under the guidance and supervision of a credentialed co-counselor.

Be prepared to pursue professional counseling careers

You’ll learn to competently provide wise biblical counsel in multiple clinical settings, and you’ll be ready to serve in ministry leadership positions.

Did You Know?

CSU is ranked #2 in the nation for Master’s in Counseling Online Programs and was awarded the “Best Christian Institution” for 2023.

These awards from named CSU as an “exceptional choice,” citing the Christian perspective, internship program and affordability.


What You Will Study

Each of your courses will be taught from a biblical worldview, and you’ll learn with an intimate group of peers led by professors who care about your success.

All courses are three credits unless noted. Course descriptions can be found in the catalog.

Counseling Core

Introduction to the Profession

  • Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling [CO571]

Biblical Counseling 

  • Theological Foundations of Change [CO505]
  • Biblical Philosophy of Counseling [CO506]

Professional Counseling 

  • Evaluating Research [CO519]
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling [CO520]
  • Human Development [CO530]
  • Career Counseling [CO532]
  • Introduction to Group Counseling [CO535]
  • Marriage and Family Counseling [CO539]
  • Abnormal Behavior [CO540]
  • Appraisal and Testing in Counseling [CO542]
  • The Helping Relationship [CO544]
  • Ethics and Professional Orientation [CO550]
  • Ethnicity and Counseling [CO565]
  • Human Sexuality [CO630]
  • Crisis and Trauma Counseling [CO640]
  • Comprehensive Written Exam [CO595] – 0 credits
  • Comprehensive Oral Exam [CO597] – 0 credits

Field Experience

  • Supervised Counseling Practicum [CO580]
  • Supervised Counseling Internship [CO590]
  • Research Methods [CO510]
  • Statistical Methods and Applications [CO511]
  • Counseling Children [CO514]
  • Counseling Interventions for Women [CO561]
  • Spiritual Interventions in Counseling [CO584]
  • Understanding and Treating Addictions [CO617]
  • Behavioral Addictions [CO619]
  • Evaluation and Consultation of Mental and Mood Disorders [CO701]
  • Diagnosis of Mental and Mood Disorders [CO703]
  • Methods of Preventions and Intervention of Mental and Emotional Disorders [CO705]

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Your In-Field Experience, Right on Campus

CSU partners with Foundations Christian Counseling Center to host one of their counseling center locations right on CSU’s campus. This provides Counseling students with easy access to observation of professional, biblically-based live counseling sessions.

Graduate students can put what they’re learning in the classroom into practice through co-counseling at CSU’s on-campus counseling center. Foundations Counseling Center also welcomes graduate students to fulfill their field experience requirements as counselors.

Meet our Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who care deeply about you and your goals.

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You want to
choose a university:

 Where you can enhance your future.
 Where you will grow in your relationship with Christ.
 Where you truly find your fit.

Every class at CSU is carefully crafted to help you take your career and ministry to the next level. You will be immersed in principles from God’s Word as you learn practical tools and gain valuable training to apply to your career.

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Worldwide Impact

For more than 90 years, CSU has prepared Christ-centered, career-ready graduates to serve around the globe in a variety of ministries and careers. You'll learn from trusted professors who have a heart for Christ and desire for discipleship. You'll join a community of CSU students who are passionate about using their talents to serve Christ.

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Apply or request information about CSU's programs, where you'll learn through a biblical worldview, become part of an encouraging community and prepare to serve Christ through your life and career.



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