John Brown University's Master of Science in School Counseling prepares you for school counseling and guidance positions in elementary and secondary schools. Graduates with a passing score on the PRAXIS exam will be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Requirements for Master of Science degree in School Counseling

Counseling Core Requirements–22 credit hours

  • Human Development
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Family of Origin
  • Diagnosis and Case Management
  • Christian Foundations of Counseling
  • Pre-Practicum Lab

One of the following:

  • Statistics and Research
  • Applied Research (Program Director recommendation required)


SC Major Core Requirements – 27 credit hours

  • Group Theory
  • Career Development Information and Vocational Education
  • Assessment
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Orientation to Counseling in Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • School Policies and Issues
  • Practicum I: School Counseling
  • Practicum II: School Counseling
  • Internship I

Total credit hours–49


Second Major Options

The JBU Counseling Program recognizes that today's counseling professionals have multifaceted opportunities requiring multiple training specialties. The Graduate Counseling Department offers three majors for the MS degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. Students may opt to take more than one major and may add an emphasis in Play Therapy.


Class Locations

Counseling classes are offered on the main campus in Siloam Springs as well as the JBU Fort Smith Center, the JBU Little Rock Center and the JBU Rogers Center. Some classes are offered online.


Online Options

Online counseling courses allow you flexibility and convenience. All online classes are taught by JBU faculty who interact with you via e-mail, web conferencing and discussion boards.

Class Schedule

Most counseling classes begin at 4:30 pm or 7:15 pm and follow the semester schedule format. Summer classes are also offered.