West Palm Beach & Wellington

Master of Science in Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling allows its students to become certified counselors in areas of Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and more.

You look around and you see a world in chaos at both a global and local level. You may not be able to create world peace or solve global hunger, but you are sure that you have the gift of compassion and can help make this a better world one person at a time.

Palm Beach Atlantic University's Master of Science in Counseling program prepares you  to serve the world at a higher level by pursuing state licensure to counsel clients in a professional setting.

At PBA, we offer guidance
that focuses on biblical, historical, theoretical
and practical studies. Combined with our thriving
community connections, we help you develop
skills to reach your potential.

Our program delivers specific benefits including:

  • Quality instruction that prepares you for Florida licensure
  • Extensive internship, job listing and networking opportunities
  • Four unique areas of specialization, including Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy, Mental, Health Counseling, Addictions/ Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling (Note: Non-specialized General Counseling Studies track available for students not seeking licensure).
  • Preparation for study at the doctoral level.
  • Courses are offered weeknight evenings at PBA’s Orlando and West Palm Beach campuses
  • Two entry points per year: fall (August) and spring (January) with application deadlines August 1 and December 1

When you finish at PBA you will have:

  • the 63 graduate credits -- including field experience -- in order to apply for licensure in Addictions/Mental Health (offered in West Palm Beach only);
  • Or the 60 graduate credits in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling;
  • Or the 51 graduate credits for certification in School Counseling;
  • Or the 36-credits required for General Counseling, non-licensure (see catalog).


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Admission Requirements

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of 15 prerequisite credits in psychology or related disciplines. International students should inquire about additional admission requirements.
  2. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Submit:
    • A completed online application and $45 nonrefundable fee
    • Official transcript from college/university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college/university where prerequisite courses were taken
    • Three confidential counseling recommendations. Recommendations for transfer students must include a current advisor/faculty member.
    • Acceptable score on the GRE or MAT (Millers Analogy Test)
  4. Personality assessment
  5. Essay
  6. Faculty interview – Once your application for admission is complete by meeting all the admission requirements and providing the required documents, you will be invited to a group interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee. Skype/phone interviews are available for out-of-state applicants.

International students should inquire about additional Master's in Counseling admission requirements.

GRE/MAT is not required for students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from a regionally accredited college or university. The requirement is waived for applicants with a previously earned master’s degree or those who have completed 15 or more graduate credits with transferable grades from a regionally accredited institution.

Master's in Counseling Admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must, no later than 30 days before classes begin, submit:

  • A non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment


The estimated tuition for the entire counseling program is $31,100. This includes tuition for 60 credit hours ($525/credit) and the Resource Fee ($200/semester). For specifics about the Master's if Counseling program, please review the degree section in the student catalog.

Financial Aid

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Primary funding for graduate study is provided on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of work study awards and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For any questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.


*Cost based on 2015-2016 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

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