Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it possible to balance a career, family, and graduate level studies?

A: Our program is designed with the working adult in mind. The modularized, accelerated format allows students to attend class one night per week for a four-hour class in the first year and every other weekend for four hours on Friday evenings and eight hours on Saturday in year two. In addition, the student is only taking one class at a time. The program mixes traditional classroom experience with the benefit of important out-of-class learning that allows only 24 hours of class time for each 3-hour credit class. This does not imply that the student only spends four hours per week in learning activity; however, most students spend approximately 3 to 4 hours of out of class preparing for every hour they are in class.

Q: How long will it take to complete my degree?

A: The 60-hour MSCP, MAMFT with the 12-hour extension, and the MAMFT/Child Therapy Track generally take 2 to 2 1/2 years to complete with your 450 hours of required internship hours.  The 48-hour MAMFT program generally takes about 2 years to complete with your 450 hours of required internship hours. 

Q: Why should I attend SNU for my counseling degree program?

A: SNU has demonstrated that the programs we offered result in competent highly skilled counselors. Our graduates have a 61% pass rate on the Licensed Professional Counselor Exam in Oklahoma. This is the second highest pass rate in the state and well above the state average of 53%. Graduates of the programs have frequently been hired by their internship sites and others have found that the community respects our program and graduates. Students who have continued on to doctoral programs have found that they are well-prepared for doctoral work. But SNU is not interested in just having a quality program; instead, we are interested in helping you integrate Christian perspectives in the counseling process. Our small class size and instructors who are actively involved in what they teach give students an opportunity to be mentored by experts in various counseling perspectives.

Q: Why is the GRE not required to be admitted to the Graduate Programs in Counseling at SNU?

A: When the program began, the GRE was a requirement for admission, but the score did not affect admission to the program. It was believed that due the fact that many of our students had been out of college for a significant period of time, the GRE may not be a good tool for predicting success in our program. The decision was made to use admission criteria that would assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating applicants for the type of program we designed. The use of the writing exam along with the statistics and APA exam assists us in evaluating the critical thinking skills and the writing abilities of our applicant without requiring students to complete the GRE.  

Q: What is the APA exam and when do I take it?

A: The APA exam is intended to assure us that you have mastery of the APA writing style prior to initiating the Graduate Programs in Counseling. The exam is given after applicants have been accepted into the program. It is an open-book, multiple-choice exam and students can take the exam until they demonstrate proficiency.  The exam is offered usually 2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of each cohort group.

Q: What is the statistics exam and when do I take it?

A: The statistics exam is an exam designed by the Graduate Programs in Counseling to assess students' previous statistics knowledge.  This exam is designed as a refresher for students on the basics of statistics.  Because all students are required to take Research Methods, a working knowledge of statistics is necessary.  Furthermore, because the LPC and LMFT licensing tests have questions focused on research and statistics, students must have a knowledge of statistics to pass the exam.  The exam is usually offered 2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of each cohort group.

Q: What is the writing exam and when do I take it?

A: The writing exam in an online exam designed to evaluate students' writing skills.  The exam will be administered by the Graduate Programs in Counseling office and needs to be scheduled by prospective students to be taken prior to their admissions interview. 

Q: What courses fulfill the 18-hour requirements for admission into the programs?

A: All applicants must take a statistics course and a general psychology or equivalent course. Any other psychology course and some sociology courses may fulfill the additional course requirements. The following courses are those in the SNU catalog that meet these requirements (but these specific courses are not required).  Please contact Scott Secor of Teresa Hawkinson or fax a copy of your transcript to be evaluated by us if you have additional questions.

  • PSY 3113: Social Psychology
  • PSY 3133: Human Development
  • PSY 3173: Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 3183: Psychological Testing
  • PSY 3203: People in Organizations
  • PSY 4103: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 4113: Psychology of Religion
  • PSY 4142: Survey of the Exceptional Child
  • PSY 4153: Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 4213: Principles of Counseling
  • PSY 4263: Techniques of Counseling
  • PSY 4273: History and Systems of Psychology

Q: What financial aid is available?

A: Most students are able to make use of guaranteed student loans. There may also be limited graduate assistant positions available. Please call the Financial Aid office for additional information (405) 491-6685.

Q: Will the program prepare me for a doctoral program?

A: The MSCP program is ideal in preparing you for a doctoral program. The thesis requirement in the MSCP allows students to develop the research foundation that doctoral programs encourage applicants to possess. We have had good success in placing graduates in doctoral programs.  See the research page for more information.

Q: Will I be eligible for licensure following my completion of the graduate programs?

A: YES! The MSCP program was designed to fulfill the academic requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor license in Oklahoma and the MAMFT program was designed to fulfill the licensing requirements for the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist license in Oklahoma. Students may be eligible for either license from each program with some modifications.