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D. Clifton Wood Online Master's in Counseling Psychology (M.S.)


D. Clifton Wood Master of Science
Counseling Psychology



* Total Cost (cost per credit hour x total credit hours) is provided to aid in program comparison only. All stated financial information is subject to change. Total Cost does not include fees, book, material, or software subscription costs.




Step into your life calling to help people grow and heal with a Master's in Counseling Psychology. 

You have your undergraduate degree and are ready for that next step! You know you want to help people, and are looking for that degree program that will make you an effective counselor.

The D. Clifton Wood Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Southern Wesleyan University does more than just prepare you for work in the field of clinical mental health counseling. Our quality curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice and addresses whole-person health, including faith and spirituality. You will develop relationships with professionals in the field, creating relevant practica experiences.

Benefits of an Online Counseling Degree

Our faculty get it: committing to a master's degree program while holding a full-time job isn’t easy. That’s why you’ll have a dedicated personal academic success coach to support you every step of the way.

Five distinctives drive this innovative program:

  • Faith
  • Quality
  • Flexibility
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Hands-on Experience

What you will Learn

This program provides you with the training and clinical experience needed to pursue licensure as Licensed Practical Counselors with an entry level specialty in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. You will learn about:

  • Contemporary mental health counseling theories, perspectives, and techniques
  • Ethical and professional values, legal standards, and regulations of clinical mental health counselors
  • Whole-person development and self-evaluation

You are responsible for understanding and complying with all licensure requirements for your state of residence. SWU cannot guarantee licensure upon completion of the program. You can review South Carolina’s licensure requirements and a state-by-state overview.



Your Future

Your counseling degree will open plenty of doors to join or start a professional counseling practice. Career options include:

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling

We are excited to offer the D. Clifton Wood Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program, as part of our efforts to contribute to and strengthen our community, especially in the much-needed area of mental health services.
- Dr. Steven Hayduk, Division Chair



Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

  • Submitted application
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field. It is recommended but not required for applicants to have coursework in developmental and abnormal psychology.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better on all undergraduate coursework or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • If GPA is less than 3.0 but better than 2.7, you may be granted conditional admission if approved by the Admission Committee.
  • If GPA is less than 2.7, you may take the GRE for consideration and present a score of 160 or greater for consideration. Admission to the program is not guaranteed by taking the GRE. Alternately, applicants can request an interview with the Admissions committee for further consideration.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

Have questions? We can help. Connect with an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or  .

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In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!