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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Design

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 Friday (beginning Spring 2019 will be Monday – Friday). The Counseling Practicum and Internship in Counseling course requirements are hands-on field experiences.

Program Licensure

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.

Course Requirements

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  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request  form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to:

Faulkner University
Attn: Graduate Enrollment
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109

Admission Requirements

Prospective students enrolling in the Master of Science in Counseling program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed graduate application
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; you must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate degree or 3.0 in graduate courses.
  • Passing scores on the 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 already holds 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.
  • Video Interview


Tuition and Fees

2019-2020 Financial Information

Tuition $555 per semester hour
Eagle I Initiative Fee $100 per semester ($50 if 3 hours or less)
Registration Fee $120 per semester ($60 if 3 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $60 per semester hour
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule