Graduate Counseling FAQs
Learn more about Graduate Counseling Programs at JBU
The following questions pertain to Graduate Counseling programs. For other general questions related to the Graduate School at John Brown University, visit Graduate School FAQs.
- Where are the Graduate Counseling classes offered?
- Are Graduate Counseling courses offered online?
- Do I have to take an entrance exam?
- Is there an application deadline?
- What counseling degree options are offered?
- Do you offer Play Therapy courses?
- Can I choose more than one major?
- How long will it take to get my counseling degree?
- How is the program structured?
- Is financial assistance available?
- Are the programs accredited?
- Do I get practicum/internship experience with face-to-face counseling?
- Will I be licensed upon completion of the counseling program?
- What is the class size in counseling programs?
- Do you accept transfer credit from another institution?
1. Where are Graduate Counseling classes offered?
All Graduate Counseling classes are offered on a full-time basis at the main campus in Siloam Springs. All counseling classes are also offered on a rotation basis at the Fort Smith, Little Rock and Rogers Centers. Many counseling classes are also offered online.
2. Are Graduate Counseling courses offered online?
The JBU Graduate Counseling program is pleased to offer students several online courses that may allow for more flexibility in scheduling coursework. While the degree is not offered totally online, the identified courses that have been selected for this type of delivery have been approved by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Please be advised that different states have different rules and regulations regarding distance online courses. JBU does not assume responsibility for courses that are not recognized (or allowed) in other states. Any student who takes an online counseling course at JBU must determine whether the course will be accepted in that particular state.
All online classes are taught by JBU faculty who interact with you via e-mail, web conferencing and discussion boards.
3. Do I have to take an entrance exam?
All counseling students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A combined minimum score of 1000 (if taken before 8/1/11) or 300 (if taken after 8/1/11) on the GRE is required for admission into the counseling program.
4. Is there an application deadline?
Yes. To begin the Graduate Counseling program, application deadlines are June 30 for the fall semester, October 31 for the spring semester and March 31 for the summer term. Deadlines may be different for those applying for scholarships.
5. What Graduate Counseling options are available?
Currently, Graduate Counseling offers three majors: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling. Additionally, coursework and a post-masters certificate is offered in Play Therapy.
6. Do you offer Play Therapy courses?
Yes, we offer a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy for students who already hold a master’s degree and want to pursue the Play Therapy specialization. Degree-seeking students can also add the Play Therapy emphasis to any of the majors offered.
7. Can I choose more than one major?
Yes, you can choose one, two or three majors and will be required to complete the degree requirements for each. For example, a double major in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 79 hours. This double major has been our most attractive degree option for students pursuing dual licensure.
8. How long will it take to get my counseling degree?
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling can be completed in 2 1/2 years as a full-time student or 3 1/2 years as a part-time student.
- Marriage and Family Therapy can be completed in 2 1/2 years as a full-time student or 3 1/2 years a part-time student.
- School Counseling can be completed in 2 1/2 to 3 years on a part-time basis.
9. How is the program structured?
Our program meets the needs of the student who works full time by offering evening courses. It also meets the need of the student who wishes to complete the program quickly and return to their state or country of origin by allowing students to take a maximum load each semester and commute to the Siloam Springs campus one day per week. Offering the program in Fort Smith, Little Rock and Rogers on a rotation basis provides more convenience for busy schedules.
10. Is financial aid available?
Yes. Financial aid is available to Graduate Counseling students in the form of scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and student loans for counseling degrees. To determine your eligibility for loans, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
11. Are the programs accredited?
Yes. John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org, 312.263.0456). The School Counseling program is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).
12. Do I get practicum/internship experience with face-to-face counseling?
Yes. The Graduate Counseling Program provides internship opportunities through JBU's CARE Clinic which has offices in seven locations across northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith. Interns are under the direct supervision of faculty throughout their internship. The students can apply for an internship at the CARE Clinic and complete face-to-face hours with individuals, couples and families. Practicum and internship experience total 1,000 hours for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family candidates. Prior to graduation, all Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family candidates must complete 500 hours of direct client contact. Students are supervised by faculty through state-of-the-art technology: two-way mirrors, videotaping, and "bug in the ear" devices.
13. Will I be licensed upon completion of the counseling program?
The Master of Science counseling degrees are aligned with Arkansas requirements for professional licensing and/or obtaining public school credentials as described below:
If you are graduating with an MS in either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy programs, you will be ready to sit for an exam granting temporary licensing which readies you for job opportunities in many counseling areas. After approximately three years of continued supervision, you can obtain your permanent state licensure in Arkansas. The program requirements allow students to return to their state of origin to pursue licensure requirements in that state. While course requirements vary for each state, our program requires more than 60 hours in coursework which meets requirements for licensure in most states.
If you are graduating with an MS in School Counseling, you are prepared to become a licensed school counselor after passing your Praxis II exam. Minimum score required to pass Praxis II is 600; the average score earned by JBU School Counseling students is 635.
14. What is the class size in counseling programs?
Some classes are limited to 10-15 students. Most of the academic classes have an enrollment of 15-20 students.
15. Do you accept transfer credit from another college?
You may transfer up to nine (9) hours of graduate-level coursework or 25% of the degree program (whichever is greater) toward fulfillment of a graduate degree. All transferred hours must be applicable toward the degree and approved by the Graduate Counseling program director and the dean of the Graduate School and have a grade of "B-" or better.