Special Notification

Please see the bottom of this page for information about the cost of attendance.

Program Description

The School Counseling certificate is designed specifically for Counseling MS and Marital and Family Therapy MS students who wish to add the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling to their program. All degree requirements and certificate requirements must be met and the degree awarded prior to recommendation for the PPS credential.

Program Website  |  Catalog

Program Length

2 years

Possible Careers

In addition to working with students on campus, professional school counselors serve as consultants for school administrators, faculty, staff, parents, community leaders, and other professionals who work with and for students. The role of professional school counselors varies with the public school district and grade levels ranging from preschool through college and university.

Increasingly, the value of professionals possessing both a clinical license (LPCC, LMFT) and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential is being recognized. Individuals so licensed and credentialed are being sought to fill positions in the public school system to address student mental health concerns.

Application Deadlines

Autumn 2022 Jul 14, 2021 Dec 11, 2021 Jun 1, 2022
Winter 2023 January 1, 2022 June 30, 2022 November 1, 2022
Spring 2023 July 1, 2022 September 30, 2022 January 31, 2023
Summer 2023 August 31, 2022 January 6, 2023 April 21, 2023

Admissions Requirements

The School Counseling Certificate is open only to currently enrolled CFS students in good standing or recent CFS graduates whose degree requirements were congruent with current state standards for school counseling. Loma Linda University students in the MS Counseling or MS degree in Marital and Family Therapy program may complete the School Counseling certificate program concurrently with their degree program. The application process for the certificate is separate, and acceptance is not automatic.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  • All official college transcripts received by LLU
  • Health clearance, including TB testing
  • Background check
  • Three letters of recommendation as specified
  • Written personal statement with application
  • Interview with department faculty
  • Applicants for whom English is not first language must present score for TOEFL as published in Loma Linda University Catalog
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide valid student visa
  • Passing scores on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) – applicants may be permitted to enter the certificate program without passing scores provided they meet one of the equivalencies established by the CTC.


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Tuition & Fees $24,900
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $10,800
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $17,280
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $18,180
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $6,480
  • Off Campus
  • $17,280
    Transportation Allowance $3,150
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,250
    Federal Student Loan Fees 0
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.