M.A. Master of Arts in Counseling

The Department of Education and Psychology’s goals are to serve those who are interested in a career in psychology and those who wish to pursue advanced degrees in the areas of psychology and counseling. The Master of Arts in Counseling at Southwestern Adventist University is designed to develop and deliver a program that ensures the highest of counseling preparation and performance.


SWAU is a recognized contributor in the field of counseling through effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service. The University is committed to the advancement of counseling in the mental health and school environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.


The objectives of the M.A. in Counseling program are:

  • To promote excellence in graduate education through exemplary teaching, research, practice, and service.
  • To prepare competent counselors for both public and private mental health and school settings.
  • To improve human cognitive, academic, physical, emotional, social development and performance.


Master of Arts in Counseling Programs

  • School Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology


The Master of Arts in Counseling program is aimed at helping those in the psychology field find advancement and further fulfillment in their career.


  • Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychoanalyst
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Research Psychologist
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Guidance Counselor


Expected employment growth of Psychologists between 2018-2028

What Students Are Saying

 “The program is set up so that I could continue working while earning my degree. My teachers were the best aspect - they truly demonstrated how to be an advocate for students and clients. They had intriguing assignments that were relevant and insightful. I was able to do my practicum in a clinical setting and my internship in a school setting. This allowed me to see the various ways that I could use the training I’ve received.”

—Sadie Kennedy, pictured left, is an elementary teacher in Johnson County

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Faculty Profiles

Cheryl The, Ph.D.

Department of Education & Psychology
Professor and Department Chair

Lynette Frantzen, PhD

Department of Education & Psychology
Associate Professor

Marcel Sargeant, PhD

Office of the President
VP of Institutional Research & Eff.