Dual Specialization Options
The MS in Counseling is uniquely designed to give students the option of single or dual specialization as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and as a Credentialed School Counselor, both of which can be completed by full-time students within the two-year counseling master’s degree program.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
LLU’s LPCC program is approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for students to treat individuals of all ages, couples, families, and groups.
School Counseling (PPS Credential)
The school specialization meets California regulations for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPS) and is approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Diverse Academic Content
Program content integrates a diverse mix of academic coursework and supervised field practice involving mental health diagnosis and treatment, cultural competence, advanced approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, law and ethics, crisis intervention, client advocacy, education and career counseling, development across the lifespan, human sexual behavior with emphasis on couple counseling, psychopharmacology, addictions, social ecology of individual and family development, dynamics of aging, psychological and relational assessment, families with special needs children, group process and practice, and systemic approaches to working with families, schools, local communities, and global populations.
Field Practice and Employment Opportunities
Each specialization requires supervised practice in the field. Clinical training, school field experience, and post-degree career options include working in adoption agencies, family counseling clinics, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, rehabilitation centers, adoption agencies, mental health counseling in schools, employee assistance programs, spiritual counseling organizations, school counselor positions within K-12 education, and independent or group practice.
Students may be admitted in any quarter and may study full-time or part-time. The full-time option is completed in two years. Part-time students typically complete the program within three years.
The regional Accrediting Commission for Schools--the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits the program (ACS WASC). The Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) which issues the license. The Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) program in School Counseling is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) which issues the credential.
International students whose native language is not English are requirement to pass an English proficiency exam. The following exams are accepted by Loma Linda University:
TOEFL: Scores must be valid for two years from the test date. Minimum score is 80-internet based or 550-paper based.
IELTS: Scores must be valid for two years from the test date. Minimum score is 6.5.
MELAB: Minimum score is 77.
PTE Academic: Minimum score is 60.
iTEP: Minimum score of 3.5.