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

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

Apply online in 15 minutes:

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Our simple, 15-minute application process is the first step toward earning your M.S. in Counseling. Join our Christ-centered community today!

Online Program Start Dates

Monday, January 11, 2021

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At a Glance


* 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 book, material, or software subscription costs.

Your Future

Career Preparation

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 Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Two recommendations from persons qualified to judge the applicant's moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work. (If less than 3.0, student must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate 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.
  • Satisfactory interview with designated committee or academic division, if required.

Have questions? We can help. Connect with an admissions representative at 877-644-5557 or  .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

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)