Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling

Give Hope to the Hurting

The 60-credit, online Master of Science in Counseling 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 48 credits of required coursework and 12 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.

Quick Facts

  • 60 credits
  • 12 elective credits
  • Transfer in up to 20 credits
  • Under four years to complete
  • Fully accredited
  • Completely online

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 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. All other classes are offered in an entirely online format in convenient eight-week sessions. 

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)
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