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Master of Science in Professional Counseling

At Southeastern, our approach to therapy is holistic — that is, we train counselors to be concerned not only about a person’s mind but also about his or her body and spirit. Southeastern’s 60 credit hour Master of Science in Professional Counseling will train you to provide this higher degree of service. During your weekly evening courses, you will study the history and theories of diverse psychotherapies and the latest developments in mental health skills and strategies, all through the lens of a Christian worldview. Gain the required skills and knowledge to become a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida.You will learn to collaborate with other health care professionals as well as pastors. Additionally, you will gain valuable hands-on experience through your internship, where you’ll begin applying the skills you’re acquiring. Our professors have multiple years of clinical experience in various settings, and they use their professional connections to place students in agencies that provide counseling services within central Florida and beyond.

Our graduate students and alumni have served in private practices, rape and recovery centers, parachurch ministries, mental health facilities and agencies affiliated with the United Way. When you graduate from SEU with your Master of Science in Professional Counseling, you will be prepared to successfully navigate your two years of supervised, postmaster’s degree clinical experience. This is required by the state of Florida along with successful completion of the licensing examination to qualify as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

SEU also offers a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling program.

Attend convenient evening courses two nights per week at our beautiful Lakeland campus.

Program Details

45 hours of major core courses 15 hours of experiential courses Total credit hours — 60 Cost per credit hour — $525 Estimated total tuition cost — $31,500

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

Complete syllabi for any course available upon request of department staff/faculty.

  • Foundations of Counseling (PCOU 5003) — This course examines the foundations of the helping relationship, the philosophic bases of counseling and consultation theory, practices and application. Development of interpersonal skills, counselor self-awareness and opportunities in the counseling profession are emphasized.
  • Community Counseling (PCOU 5063) — This course examines counseling practices in relation to adults, children and adolescents in the community setting and the role and function of the counselor as a partner in the community. Focus is on available resources, developmental needs and age-related issues. Special problems of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide and grief are examined.
  • Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment (PCOU 5083) — This course is designed to prepare students to assess and treat specific clinical problems (e.g., anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders). The focus will be on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral problems using standardized diagnostic terms.
  • Counseling Special Populations and Groups (PCOU 5123) — This course examines the impact of the cultural context of relationships and provides an analysis of the issues and trends related to a multicultural society. This course examines some of the major cultural groups in the United States and the implications of cultural diversity for counseling practice.

Guided by the values and standards of the counseling profession and shaped by the Christian faith, the Counselor Education Program at Southeastern University prepares highly competent and ethical mental health and marriage and family counselors who will serve individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.

Our goals include creating an environment in which students can 

  • progress from the development of basic counseling skills into proficient relationship building and helping skills
  • effectively and appropriately integrate faith and profession in service to others
  • engage in service and relationship to clients, peers, and supervisors
  • develop a deep appreciation for diverse populations
  • grow in character and professional dispositions
Foundations of Counseling
Counseling Theories and Practice
Research Methods
Group Theory and Counseling Human Growth and Development
Community Counseling
Professional Ethics Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment
Human Sexuality
Individual Evaluation and Assessment
Counseling Special Populations and Groups Career and Lifestyle Development
Substance Abuse Counseling
Counseling and Christianity Counseling
Practicum I
Internship I, II, and III

Mental health counselor

Substance abuse counselor

Marriage & Family counselor

Geriatric counselor

Career counselor

Community counselor

Learning outcomes are available upon request.

Program descriptive data, program statistics, and learning outcomes available upon request.