Graduate Studies in Counseling

The Graduate Studies in Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University (a division of the Department of Behavioral Sciences) provides a number of important degree, certificate, and licensure programs to help those pursuing a helping profession in the broad field of counseling. The programs challenge students to grow and develop into successful professionals. Graduates and program completers do well at securing full-time employment within the counseling field, gaining state licensure, scoring well on national exams, gaining entrance into doctoral programs, and leading others in the counseling field. We would like to encourage you to become a part of our growing success. If we can assist you in any way, please contact our graduate admissions office at 731-989-6101.

James H. Dalton, Ph.D., LPC/MHSP, CCMHC
Director, M.S. in Counseling

OM 109; 731-989-6643

Mike Cravens, Ed.D., LPC/MHSP, LMFT
Director, Doctor of Behavioral Health


Degree Programs Within the Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling Program

  • M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited)

  • M.S. in School Counseling


Non-Degree Licensure Programs within the Graduate Counseling Program

  • School Counseling Licensure Program B (for individuals with a master's degree in education)

  • School Counseling Licensure Program C (for individuals with a master's degree in counseling)


Graduate Certificate Programs within the Graduate Counseling Program

  • Graduate Certificate in Counseling for Church Leaders

  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling

  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Counseling

Degree Programs within the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program

  • Doctoral Degree in Behavioral Health (D.B.H.) Clinical Executive-Leadership Track

  • Doctoral Degree in Behavioral Health (D.B.H.) Clinical Counseling-Licensure Track


True wellness involves being well in multiple domains including mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Counseling professionals focus upon helping others achieve wellness throughout the domains of life. 

In the Graduate Studies in Counseling programs at Freed-Hardeman University, we train students from a variety of academic backgrounds to lend a hand to those in need of personal, group, couples, or family counseling. Within these programs, we offer an approach to counseling which teaches professional counseling principles and skills while integrating within the coursework principles of Christian faith.