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The Masters Degree in Counseling

Welcome to the Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Program!

We are happy you are interested in considering a graduate degree in counseling. We offer a robust and exciting curriculum, to prepare students for a rewarding career in counseling in a variety of settings. Students can be granted a masters degree concentrating in school counseling, which includes a PPS credential. Or, students can receive a masters degree concentrating in professional counseling, which meets the criteria for people interested in being certified as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LPCC). Most students entering our program elect to combine these two concentrations to meet qualifications to earn both their PPS and LPCC, opening to many exciting job possibilities. 

Many of our graduates work in  K–12 schools or community colleges as professional counselors. Additionally, our graduates work in a variety of settings providing counseling and leadership in public and private sectors in hospitals, counseling clinics, higher education, and private counseling. Graduates also can continue on to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor or seek a doctoral degree.

Students are often drawn to our program for a variety of reasons. Noteworthy is our programs teaching philosophy, which is committed to serving our local communities and the unique challenges faced. This includes preparing students to understand the complexities of racism, gendered biases, and the effects of poverty as students enter a counseling and service-driven profession. MS coursework blends the theoretical with practice using narrative and postmodern frameworks to prepare graduates to address a variety of issues. 

Prospective students are required to attend an information session to learn about more exciting opportunities our program offers! At the information session, we provide an overview of the program, discuss program options, admission requirements, steps to apply, application deadline date, tuition costs, etc.

Dr. Edwin Hernandez
Dr. Edwin Hernandez

Dr. Edwin Hernandez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Coordinator, Counseling Program 
Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation & Counseling
California State University San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 537 - 4503

Deadline for applications:

The Fall 2023 application deadline date has been extended to March 23, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact Sheila Braggs at

To apply to the program, prospective students must attend an information session. Sessions will be held as follows: 

There are no scheduled upcoming events at this time.


Natasha Dunham

Listen here as Natasha speaks about what it is like to be just starting off her educational career in the program!  


The Counseling Program is accredited by:

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