Southern Adventist University

School of Education and Psychology

Professional Counseling


4881 Taylor Circle

Collegedale, TN 37315

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.- Community Counseling; M.S. - School Counseling

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Professional Counselor Track Because the stresses of modern living can cause personal and family problems, these degree programs are designed to prepare students to serve their communities by helping people who are in emotional distress and who find their lives out of balance. Graduates will be prepared to serve in both secular and Christian organizations. Students will become proficient counselors and will gain experience that will help ensure their success in a clinical setting. They will also be prepared for more advanced educational programs and will have completed the prerequisites necessary to be eligible for state licensure exam in Tennessee and other states. By taking classes offered during regular semesters and summer sessions, students may complete their degree program in six to seven semesters, including some summer enrollment Evening classes are designed to be convenient for working students. School Counseling Administrators, teachers, and students in today’s schools face daily challenges. Trained counselors can assist them in facing these challenges successfully. Southern Adventist University’s Master of Science degree in School Counseling prepares individuals to serve as school counselors. Student counselors learn to support teachers, other professional personnel, and parents in meeting their students’ needs for academic and career preparation, as well as for personal growth and development. The School Counseling program at SAU is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education. Evening classes are offered throughout the year and in summer sessions. With full-time enrollment, this degree may be completed in six semesters.


SACS, NCATE, follows CACREP standards

International Student Requirements:

At least nine upper division (300-level and higher) hours of psychology (or a related field), including a research and/or statistics class, prior to regular admission. We also ask that applicants complete the 16PF- a personality test (available online via the School of Education & Psychology), a typewritten Statement of Purpose (see guidelines attached), and an interview with one or two members of our counseling program faculty. The minimum TOEFL score required for entrance into our Master of Science in Education program is 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test. Please note that students are asked to complete all pre-requisites prior to enrollment in Master’s courses. Please contact Mrs. Melodie Lopez in the Graduate Studies Office ( for additional international student requirements.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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