The Master of Science in Counseling (M.S.) program is specifically designed to equip counselors with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel as counselors at the master's degree level. This comprehensive program prepares graduates to become effective counselors and leaders in a range of settings, including community mental health agencies, schools, academic institutions, and healthcare organizations. Through a curriculum focused on understanding legal and ethical concepts, applying theoretical models, recognizing the impact of trauma, and implementing advanced counseling concepts, students are prepared to make a meaningful impact in shaping the future of counseling and practice.

Click the the arrows below to see the 4 aspects of the Counseling program.

Innovative Curriculum Design
Our program boasts a thoughtfully designed curriculum that expertly bridges the gap between theory and practice. Uniquely tailored for working adults seeking career advancement, our courses are not only academically rigorous but also provide a flexible and accommodating learning experience.
Experiential Learning Emphasis
The Master’s in Counseling program at B-CU puts a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Through practicum hours and internships, students have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge into real-world educational settings, ensuring a holistic and hands-on learning experience.
Collaborative Learning Community
The program fosters a collaborative learning community where students actively engage in discussions, case studies, and peer reviews. This interactive environment enhances their ability to apply learned concepts in diverse educational scenarios, preparing them for the dynamic field of counseling.
Capstone Project Impact
The culmination of the program is marked by a capstone project that allows students to showcase their mastery in translating theories into impactful counseling practices. This project serves as a testament to their growth and achievements throughout the program.

The M.S. of Counseling program is a 2.5-year program that consists of 60 program credit hours. The courses are offered in full semester terms in the evenings. This evening program is ideal for working adults who want to fulfill their purpose of becoming counselors while also being able to work full-time.

After completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE). They are also eligible to apply for licensure as Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida once they have completed their additional hours after graduation.

To be considered for admission into the Master’s of Counseling Program at Bethune Cookman University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Submit a completed application form, including official transcripts from all previous institutions attended.
  • Provide a professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit a personal statement describing career goals and reasons for pursuing an Master’s in Counseling degree.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Direct Costs

Fall 2024

Spring 2024

Tuition (9-15 hours)*






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Graduate Program Tuition Cost per Credit Hour: $750

*The cost for students who are active-duty military is $250 per credit hour

Students who exceed 15 credit hours will be charged an additional $750 per credit hour for each credit that exceeds 15.

Active-duty military students are not assessed fees.

For your financial needs please go to the Financial Aid website.

Vertical Curriculum

Program Outcomes:

  1. Apply advanced counseling knowledge and research, counseling theories, and related course content to integrate into counseling practice.
  2. Facilitate learning of students using relevant pedagogy and theories of education, counseling, and evaluation.
  3. Use research and appropriate theories to introduce evidence-based best practices, analyze outcomes of counseling interventions, and improve client care provided by mental health counselors in a global society.
  4. Analyze ethical and legal principles creating a safe and inclusive learning environment that promotes cultural competence and respect for diversity.