Master of Science in Counseling

Yes, there IS a Difference.

  • 24 months to complete the program = keep your sanity
  • Tuition one of lowest in region = keep your money
  • Choose from Clinical Mental Health (LPC) or School Counseling = keep your focus
  • Learn from a Christian perspective = keep your faith
  • Be part of a small class led by caring faculty = keep a support system
  • Smooth admission process: GRE not required if undergrad GPA is 3.00 = keep your cool
  • Assistance finding practicum and internship placement = keep your head up



Classes are scheduled in late afternoons and evenings. The program consists of six full semesters, including two summer sessions. A new class of students enrolls each fall semester and follows a fall-spring-summer rotation, finishing after the second summer. Courses meet on the main campus of Milligan College in Northeast Tennessee, and some courses are available online.

Caring Faculty

Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty — it’s a mission. The faculty are dedicated Christian professionals who go above and beyond to challenge you and stretch your mind. They bring real world experience into the classroom every day because they continue to work in the fields they teach. Small class sizes provide personal interaction, exceptional training, and hands-on lab experience that will prepare you for success as a Licensed Professional Counselor or school counselor.


Tuition for the M.S. in Counseling program at Milligan College is $430 per credit hour, which is one of the most economical counseling programs in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. Financial aid is available for graduate students. Click here to learn more about the types of aid available and your payment options.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


The Milligan Counseling Center

The Milligan Counseling Center offers counseling services for the health and well-being of our campus community and provides an internship or practicum experience for Master of Science Counseling students.

Individuals may need counseling if a problem at school, work, home, or in personal relationships is causing stress significant enough to interfere with normal functioning. Students, faculty, and staff may also pursue counseling for personal growth and development, such as pre-marital counseling or personal wellness.

Learn more about the Counseling Center and how to schedule an appointment »

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health CounselingThis program will prepare you to use a combination of mental health and human development principles, methods, and techniques to help people achieve mental, emotional, social, and career development and adjustment. You will be able to work in a variety of settings, such as private, institutional, community, Christian, military, or nonprofit, providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.

Emotional and Mental Health

Counselors help people cope with emotional and mental problems stemming from marital and family issues, antisocial behavior, occupational stress, interpersonal relations, and bereavement. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems, improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem, and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. Those students who desire to treat all mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders may add a Mental Health Service Provider designation by completing 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience.

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)

After completing the Master of Science in Counseling degree and completing a minimum of two years (at least 10 hours a week) of supervised professional experience, graduates are eligible to sit for licensure in Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Reciprocity agreements may allow TN licensure to apply in other states. Students should check other state requirements before applying to the program.

In-Demand Profession

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 24% between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Medial annual wages of mental health counselors in 2014 are $40,580. Industries employing the largest numbers of mental health counselors include local government, other health practitioners, outpatient care centers, individual and family services, and residential mental health and substance abuse facilities.


The clinical mental health counseling program is a two-year, 60 credit hour curriculum that prepares graduates to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The curriculum consists of 42 credit hours of required coursework in human behavior and development, evidence-based practice, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internships); and 9 elective hours from selected topics such as crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, child sexual abuse, end of life issues, and physiological psychology and pscyhopharmacology. Because Milligan is a Christian college, part of the required coursework includes an ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning.

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School Counseling

School CounselingThe program will prepare you to pursue licensure as a school counselor. The school counseling curriculum consists of 48 credit hours for licensed teachers and 54 credit hours for students without teaching licensure. Both the licensure and non-licensure tracks include an internship that is built into the hours. Because Milligan is a Christian college, part of the required coursework includes an ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning.

In-Demand Profession

Employment of school and career counselors is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rising student enrollments in elementary, middle and high schools are expected to increase demand for school counselors. As enrollments grow, schools will require more counselors to respond to the needs of their students.


The School Counseling concentrations (Concentrations Two and Three) are either a two-year, 48 credit hour curriculum (for those students who are already licensed teachers) or a two-year 54 credit hour curriculum (for those students who are not licensed teachers). The curricula consist of 27 credit hours in core courses in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internship); and 12 hours in courses involving counseling and assessment of children and adolescents and other issues specific to educational settings. Those students who are not licensed teachers complete 6 additional hours in curriculum methods and education of exceptional students.




How to Apply

In order to be considered for admission for this program, the minimum requirements and steps are as follows:

  1. PREREQUISITES: An undergraduate degree that includes the following prerequisite courses:
    • At least 9 hours of psychology courses, including General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Research Methods or Statistics
    • Computer Competency (3 hrs) (can be fulfilled through documented computer competency)
  2. UNDERGRAD DEGREE: Completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college with overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  3. APPLICATION: Completed application with personal statement. Our application process is simple. You can apply online or download a paper application. Just call us and we’ll walk you through it.
  4. TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school must be mailed by your college(s) directly to Milligan.
  5. GRE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate grade point average is 3.00 or higher. If not, request that your official GRE scores be sent to Milligan’s Office of Graduate & Professional Studies. Milligan College’s GRE code is 1469.
  6. REFERENCES: Two professional or educational recommendations (Have your reference submit one online!)
  7. INTERVIEW: Campus interview with faculty admissions committee may be required.

Please return all application materials to:

Office of Graduate & Professional Studies
PO Box 22
Milligan College, TN 37682

Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies to verify the receipt of the above application requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the college at 800.262.8337 or 423.461.8424 or by e-mail.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct.

Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress.

Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another.

Read the mission statement and lifestyle expectations on the application. Your signature on the application indicates your understanding and acceptance of these expectations.

International Students

*If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Admissions Office. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

After a student is admitted, there is required documentation to submit BEFORE form I-20 can be issued.  Students may begin gathering and submitting this information even prior to admission, but no I-20 will be issued until a prospect has been fully admitted AND has submitted the required documentation. International students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »


Dr. Christine Browning

Christine Browning

Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology; Director of MS in Counseling Program

Phone: 423.461.3513
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 104


Dr. Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Associate Professor of Education; Area Chair of Education; Director of the M.Ed. Program; Director of Teacher Certification

Phone: 423.461.8769
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 105


Dr. Rebecca Sapp

Rebecca Sapp

Director of the Counseling Center; Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology

Phone: 423.794.3071
Office: Derthick Hall, 106C