Master of Science in Counseling
Professionals seeking a new credential to support their counseling career can enroll in Faulkner University’s blended Master of Science in Counseling program. The 61-credit hour program is offered in a hybrid format, giving students the convenience of online learning with the accountability and access of the traditional classroom. Founded on Christian principles, the graduate program integrates a Christian-based worldview within the mental health profession.
The graduate program bridges traditional academia with practical experiences for a well-rounded education that explores various areas of counseling and mental health while integrating Christian principles to the profession. Courses are designed to develop your counseling skills through a variety of classes and collaborative classroom and field experiences. Curriculum has been developed to meet the state and national regulatory criteria, leading to licensure and certification of professional counselors.
Our M.S. in Counseling develops professionals of strong moral and ethical character who apply biblical principles of genuineness, empathy and integrity to their profession while also providing students with the skills and expertise to become a leader in the field and act as a mentor to those pursuing a counseling career.
Graduates of Faulkner’s Master of Science in Counseling program are prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings, including community agencies, state agencies, churches and Christian ministries.
Nearly 85 percent of coursework is taught online. Students will be required to meet on campus twice during the program for Clinical Training I and Clinical Training II. These trainings are scheduled for the third full weeks in January and September each year and take place from Tuesday to Saturday. The Counseling Practicum and Internship in Counseling course requirements are hands-on field experiences.
Upon graduation from the Master of Science in Counseling program, graduates will be eligible to pursue licensure in the state of Alabama. Although there is some reciprocity in other states, if a student chooses to pursue the MSC degree, Faulkner University cannot guarantee that the state of residence’s counseling board will accept the degree in order for the graduate to pursue their professional counseling license. It is the responsibility of the potential student, student, or graduate to verify with the counseling board in their state of residence of the eligibility of licensure within that state. Faulkner is continuing to work with counseling boards in other states in order to allow our graduates to pursue licensure. Please contact us for the present list of states that have reciprocity with Faulkner’s MSC program.
- COU 6310: Introduction to Counseling Theories (3 credits)
- COU 6320: Life Span Development (3 credits)
- COU 6325: Career and Guidance Counseling (3 credits)
- COU 6330: Counseling Diverse Populations (3 credits)
- COU 6340: Analysis of the Helping Relationship (3 credits)
- COU 6345: Counseling in the Community (3 credits)
- COU 6350: Group Counseling (3 credits)
- COU 6360: Measurement and Assessment (3 credits)
- COU 6365: Research Methods (3 credits)
- COU 6370: Integrations of Theology and Counseling (3 credits)
- COU 6375: Legal and Ethical Issues (3 credits)
- COU 6380: Diagnosis and Treatment (3 credits)
- COU 6390: Counseling Practicum (3 credits)
- COU 6995: Internship in Counseling (9 credits)
- COU 6396: Clinical Training I (5 credits)
- COU 6397: Clinical Training II (5 credits)
Choose one of the following electives:
- COU 6315 Marriage and Family Theory (3 credits)
- COU 6385 Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)
- COU 6395 Suicide Intervention and Counseling (3 credits)
Total Hours: 61
Prospective students enrolling in the Master of Science in Counseling program must meet the following admission requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; you must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework and a minimum major GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework.
- Passing scores on graduate admissions exams, including the GRE (combined verbal and quantitative score of 800) or MAT (at least 370). Exam results cannot be more than five years old and must be forwarded directly to Faulkner from the testing service. This requirement is waived if the student had a GPA of 3.0 or above on their undergraduate degree or if they already hold a master’s degree.
- Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. The letters are usually from the applicant’s faculty members or supervisory personnel.
- A goal statement (approximately 400 words) specifying the applicant’s personal goals for their professional development as a counselor and future employment in the field. The statement should include a rationale for attending Faulkner University to help reach their goals as well as a description of previous professional experience and how that experience will support them in the program and professional field of counseling.