Program Overview

The graduate-level counseling program at Carson-Newman provides high-caliber academic study along with firsthand experiences in clinical and school settings. Our local, state and national affiliates offer professional development, networking opportunities and a glimpse into real-world counseling scenarios. 

We understand that students bring their own personal stories to the study of counseling, and this breadth of life experiences and worldviews enhances the diversity of our programs.  Our collaborative learning environment fosters both academic and professional success and sets the stage for long-term relationships with faculty, counseling professionals and classmates.

Carson-Newman offers three specialization options:  

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Professional School Counseling 
  • A dual degree in both Clinical Mental Health and Professional School Counseling

Plans of study are developed to meet credentialing requirements. Licensure as a professional counselor or marriage and family therapist requires supervised counseling beyond the graduate degree and specific examinations required for the licensure area. All students are required to complete comprehensive examinations, and passing scores are required for the receipt of the master’s degree.  


60 credit hours

The program is completed in a hybrid format, online and onsite.

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The Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling (both Clinical Mental Health and Professional School Counseling) is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

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Graduate & Professional Studies
1646 Russell Ave.
Jefferson City, TN 37760
P 800-678-9061

  • I received the best preparation for my career and mentors who continue to advise me after graduation.
    Jane Joyce, EdD, LPC/MHSP / Director / William Blevins Institute of Mental Health and Spirituality

A graduate degree is an investment in your future, and we want to equip you to succeed.

• As a graduate student at Carson-Newman you'll receive access to the full Microsoft Office suite.

• Graduate students enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours qualify to apply for federal financial aid. If you qualify, you can borrow up to $20,500 per year, which is more than enough to cover the total program cost.

• You'll be assigned a personal faculty advisor, who will help draft a course plan tailored to your specific goals.

Payment Plans

Our no interest payment plans help reduce up-front costs. Enrolling in a payment plan allows you to make monthly payments on your direct charges instead of paying your full balance before classes start.

Our Office of Financial Aid is available to guide you through the many options available to graduate students at Carson-Newman.

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