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Master of Science in Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University

The Counselor Education Department at NNU offers a master's degree in counseling and aims to prepare students with the professional competencies necessary for entry level counseling and therapeutic direct service delivery as well as providing a base for those students who wish to pursue doctoral level study. In existence since 1990, the Counselor Education Department offers the following on-campus majors:

Program graduates typically complete all requirements for licensure while enrolled in the program (including the national exam), and apply for licensure as a counselor after graduation. You can download a detailed description of our program here. School Counseling and Clinical Counseling majors are also offered in Twin Falls where we will start a new cohort fall of 2016.

Magic Valley Cohort Fall 2016

The Northwest Nazarene University Master of Science in Counseling program has an outstanding placement rate of graduates into positions in the field. In fact, all 34 graduates of the class of 2015 are already working or have positions secured. We believe this job placement rate is a significant indicator of the reputation of NNU’s Counselor Education program.

NNU's Master of Science in Counseling program is accepting applications until February 15 for the Fall 2016 Magic Valley Cohort.

If you're interested in learning more about NNU's counseling program, please request more information.

Program Accreditation

NNU's graduate counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. NNU's Adventure Play Therapy Center (Center) is an approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

Program Outcomes

In the 2014-2015 academic year NNU graduated 34 students from the Counselor Education Master’s in Science program. There were 19 students graduating from the Clinical Counseling track, 10 students from the School Counseling track, and 5 students from the Marriage and Family Counseling track. While some students choose to extend their education beyond the normal full-time schedule, on average, 86% of our students graduate within the expected time period of eight semesters. 100% of our 2015 graduates passed their licensure exam. We believe this pass rate is an indicator of high academic standards within the program and quality applicants expressing interest in our program. Additionally, we are proud of the job placement rate of our graduates. All but one of our most recent graduates are currently employed, with 100% of our Marriage and Family Counseling and School Counseling graduates finding employment. We believe this job placement rate is a significant indicator of the reputation of NNU’s Counselor Education program.
The Department of Counselor Education is currently undergoing a strategic planning and assessment process as we prepare for re-accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As a result of this planning process we have determined to a) strengthen the program through additional pre-requisites for the clinical portion of the program, b) increase the number of sections for some core classes in order to maintain a smaller class size, and c) address needed changes in class planning schedules for students starting in a spring semester.
The faculty of NNU’s Counselor Education program are committed to ongoing evaluation and assessment as we endeavor to educate, train, and prepare competent, compassionate, and spiritually grounded counselors to assist members of our diverse society. For more information about Northwest Nazarene University’s Counselor Education program please contact our Administrative Assistant, Lynda Gray at 208.467.8345 or