Graduate Counseling Program


Welcome to the Professional Counseling graduate program of Harding University. Here is an overview about this growing and exciting program. We are a CACREP accredited program! CACREP is the gold standard for counseling accreditation nationally, and it allows our students to easily license in other states as well as work with military clients. We offer this program on our Rogers and Searcy campuses, so you have a choice on your location while in graduate school. We have a 48-hour Masters of Science in Professional School Counseling (M.S.) degree. This degree would enable you to work as a k-12 school counselor. We also have a 68-hour MS/EdS Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Some of the electives in our clinical mental health program include: play therapy, equine therapy, experiential therapy and childhood traumatic grief. Some of the career opportunities for clinical mental health therapists (LAC/LPC) are adult counseling, premarital counseling, couples counseling, career counseling, family counseling, group counseling, conflict resolution, self-injurious behaviors counseling (such as eating and cutting disorders), problems in childhood, and psychotherapy. A student can apply as an MS/EdS candidate and complete dual licensure coursework to satisfy both school counseling and clinical mental health licensure. During the program, you will have the opportunity to work with students in other healthcare fields through several interprofessional experiences and you will get a minimum of 800 hours of hands on experience with clients under the supervision of our faculty as well as a site supervisor in the field.

We believe all people, if given the opportunity, can learn! We have a responsibility to educate students from all backgrounds, and, here at Harding, we are particularly proud of the our graduates and the lives that they impact every single day. Our graduate programs are known for graduating leaders who are successful administrators, counselors and human service professionals who have their sights on providing excellent care.

Professional Counseling is a growing field! Counselors are in demand, so jobs are waiting to be filled. It is estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that careers in the school counseling field will grow by 12-13% by 2022, and careers in the mental health counseling field will grow by 29-31% by 2022.

You can find our application on the "Admissions and Curriculum" page. If you are on campus and would like to stop by and visit with us, we are located in the American Studies 113. We would love to meet you and answer any questions you have about our program.

Preparing tomorrows outstanding, ethical counseling professionals

Mission Statements

University Mission Statement: “The integration of Faith, Learning, and Living by the Development of Christian Scholarship, the Promotion of Christian Ethics, the Development of Lasting Relationships, the Promotion of Wellness, and the Promotion of Citizenship within a Global Perspective.”

College of Education Mission Statement:: “The mission of the College of Education is to equip and sustain reflective, lifelong learners who are competent, confident, compassionate and courageous professionals, who, in turn, will inspire and enable those they serve.”

Professional Counseling Mission Statement: “The mission of Harding's Professional Counseling: Clinical and School Program is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to a diverse population.  To that end, students from Arkansas and surrounding states will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding's Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.”

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2015-2016

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2014-2015 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2013-2014 pdf

Semester Course Schedules

Additional Resources

College of Education:

College of Education Homepage

Graduate Office Request to Graduate Form pdf

Drug Addiction & Abuse Info:

Equine Therapy:


The Jed Foundation


Try Nova


American Counseling Association

American School Counseling Association

Arkansas Counseling Association

Chi Sigma Iota

National Board of Certified Counselors

Licensing Boards:

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling

Arkansas Board of Education

This resource is intended to assist students, parents and educators in learning the requirements and routes to become licensed and/or certified in the various counseling disciplines.

Student Resources:

       Arkansas School Counselor, Fall 2014 - Back to School: Strategies for You & Your Students

Chalk & Wire

Learn Psychology

Pearson eText Student FDOC Video Link:

        Veterans/Military Training Info       offers training on "Treating the Invisible Wounds of War"

        Journal of Military and Government Counseling