The Department of Education and Psychology’s goals are to serve those who are interested in a career in psychology and those who wish to pursue advanced degrees in the areas of psychology and counseling. The Master of Arts in Counseling at Southwestern Adventist University is designed to develop and deliver a program that ensures the highest of counseling preparation and performance.


SWAU is a recognized contributor in the field of counseling through effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service. The University is committed to the advancement of counseling in the mental health and school environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.


The objectives of the M.A. in Counseling program are:

  • To promote excellence in graduate education through exemplary teaching, research, practice, and service.
  • To prepare competent counselors for both public and private mental health and school settings.
  • To improve human cognitive, academic, physical, emotional, social development and performance.


Master of Arts in Counseling Programs

  • School Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology


The Master of Arts in Counseling program is aimed at helping those in the psychology field find advancement and further fulfillment in their career.


  • Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychoanalyst
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Research Psychologist
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Guidance Counselor


Expected employment growth of Psychologists between 2018-2028

Faculty Profiles

Cheryl The, Ph.D.

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Lynette Frantzen, PhD

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Marcel Sargeant, PhD

Academic Administration
Asst. Vice President, Academic Administration

Michelle Quiej, BS

Education & Psychology
Administrative Assistant