Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

Give Hope to the Hurting

The 60-credit Master of Science in Counseling program, available both on campus or online, prepares students for career opportunities in professional positions that require state licensure. Here, you’ll find emphasis on a biblical counseling model, while you are equipped for state licensure and doctoral work in the fields of counseling or psychology.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Counseling consists of 51 credits of required coursework and 9 credits of elective courses, allowing you to pursue focus areas in the field.

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

Since the program’s inception, every graduate of CSU’s Master of Science in Counseling program who went on to take the National Counselor Exam for licensure passed on the first try.

Download the Master of Science in Counseling course sequence here.

Quick Facts

  • 60 credits
  • 9 elective credits
  • Transfer in up to 20 credits
  • Under four years to complete
  • Fully accredited
  • Completely online or on campus

On-Campus Counseling Center

Students can gain experience through real-time observation in CSU’s on-campus counseling center. This hands-on opportunity gives students the chance to watch multiple counselors in actual counseling sessions, preparing them for real-world counseling. For those who need to gain valuable experience, students are able to work with real clients under the guidance and supervision of a credentialed co-counselor.

You will be Prepared to…

  • Competently provide wise biblical counsel in multiple clinical settings
  • Pursue professional counseling careers
  • Develop ministry leadership positions
  • Pass the National Certified Counselor (NCC) exam
  • Apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Meet your Professors

Photo of Lynelle BuchananAfter teaching and chairing the undergraduate counseling program since 2002, Buchanan became the chair of the graduate school in 2014. She also speaks regularly at women’s conferences, and she is a National Certified Counselor as well as a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor.  


  • Bachelor of Science in Bible, Clarks Summit University, 1995
  • Master of Science in Counseling, Clarks Summit University, 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Northcentral University, 2016

Photo of Heather HallFornes coordinates practicums and internships as the director of the clinical field experience. A National Certified Counselor as well as a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor, she has experience working with special needs children and the elderly, as well as individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.


  • Bachelor of Science in Bible, Clarks Summit University
  • Master of Science in Counseling, Clarks Summit University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Higher Education Administration, Marywood University

Keith MarlettFor 25 years Marlett served as a church planter and pastor before entering the counselor education field. A licensed professional counselor in Ohio and a licensed mental health counselor in Indiana, he has taught courses at multiple colleges, universities and seminaries. 


  • Associate of Science in Police Science, Cayuga County Community College
  • Bible Diploma, Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Studies, Liberty University
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Liberty University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling, Liberty University

Chandra JohnsonJohnson is a full-time associate professor of counseling and owner of a private counseling practice in Georgia. 

A licensed professional counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, her clinical interests include grief, depression, anxiety and couples counseling. Her research interests focus on grief and depression in black males and the overall psychosocial health of black males. She has presented on these and other topics at international, national, state and regional professional counseling conferences. 


  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, San Jose State University, 1990
  • Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, Howard University, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education, University of Arkansas, 2002

Christina CrainCrain is the freedom director at South Bay Church of Riverview, Florida. She works with the staff and congregation to help people find freedom in Christ through support groups, discipleship programs and prayer teams.

A Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, she maintains a private practice caseload in partnership with a Christian counseling center and assists a domestic violence homeless shelter and an adoption agency as a mental health consultant and counselor. 

Her clinical background includes working in inpatient units, residential treatment facilities, partial hospitals, schools, prevention programs and outpatient therapy settings.


  • Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Bible and Theology, Clarks Summit University 
  • Master of Science in Counseling, Clarks Summit University

Supervised Practicum and Internship

All students must complete the supervised practicum and internship requirements. This provides you with hands-on counseling experience, allowing you to apply classroom instruction in professional settings.


To enter the on-campus or online Master of Science in Counseling program, a qualified undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Students who do not have at least nine credits of undergraduate studies in Bible or theology and psychology will need to complete 18 credits of prerequisites to gain entrance into the program.

On-Campus Modules

As this program allows students to pursue state licensure, it is required that three courses be completed on campus. These courses are offered as one-week modules during the summer. Outside of modules, students can choose to complete their degree on campus or in an online format in convenient eight-week sessions. 

Find the MSC annual reports here.

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