Cannon-Clary College of Education

Mental Health and Wellness Department

New! Significantly reduced tuition costs beginning Summer 2021!

Save up to $1,500 ($25 per credit hour/$75 for a 3-hour course) on the cost of master's, specialist and certificate programs in mental health and wellness. Contact us at 501-279-4500 or

Our Purpose

The mission of the mental health and wellness programs is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to diverse populations. To that end, students will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding’s Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors/therapists capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.

Entry Level Master's plus Educational Specialist Degrees

Accelerated dual degree B.S. in psychology-M.S. in professional counseling: Qualified students can complete both a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in professional counseling at an accelerated pace by beginning master’s coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study.

Dual licensure is possible by adding an Educational Specialist degree to one of the master’s degrees above.

Certificate in Counseling Skills

The 18-hour certificate program is designed to equip preachers, youth ministers, family ministers, women’s ministers, church leaders, missionaries and lay leaders with the tools necessary for working with and helping those dealing with addictions, marital issues, parenting difficulties and other mental health concerns within a church or ministry related context. 

  • Online delivery 
  • One-week residency on the Memphis campus

Master of Science in Student Affairs

This non-licensure program is designed to meet the needs of people currently working in higher education who desire to move into mid-level positions within the college or university. Harding’s Master of Science in student affairs will be taught from a Christian perspective. Any student with a bachelor’s degree in any field will be considered. 

Three Locations 

Courses are offered at one or more of these locations:

Admission Requirements

Beginning Summer 2020, the Harding University College Education will use GradCAS - a common application. 


  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
      PO Box 9217 
      Watertown, MA 02471 

    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Upload current educator license (if applicable).
  • Request official test results from MAT or GRE and have them sent to Harding University.
  • Request three letters of recommendation be sent through the CAS recommender portal.
  • Upload a copy of your MMR/immunization record.
  • Upload a resume.

When to Apply

Applications should be submitted by the following dates:

Summer term: March 30

Fall term: July 1

Spring term: November 15

Academic Catalog

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Course Schedules

Internships and Practicums

Supervisors and students should contact the Mental Health and Wellness office for a direct link to training materials, handbooks and forms. Please contact Dr. Marc Fager for if you have additional questions.

Want more information about our programs?

Fax: 501-279-5964

Mailing Address:
Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
Box 12254
Searcy, AR  72149-5615